Melchior Rudolf Bürgin (born 17 October 1943) is a former Swiss rower who competed at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics.

Melchior Bürgin
Personal information
Born17 October 1943 (1943-10-17) (age 80)
Eptingen, Switzerland
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
ClubGrasshopper Club Zürich
Medal record
Representing  Switzerland
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 1966 Bled Double sculls
European Rowing Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Amsterdam Double sculls
Gold medal – first place 1965 Duisburg Double sculls
Gold medal – first place 1967 Vichy Double sculls

Bürgin partnered Martin Studach in the double sculls rowing for Switzerland at the 1964 Summer Olympics when they came fourth.[1] Over next three years, Bürgin and Studach dominated the double sculls scene. In 1965 they won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta[2] and the European Championships. In 1966 they won the World Championships.[3] They won the European Championships and the double sculls at Henley again in 1967.[4] Bürgin and Studach rowed in the double sculls for Switzerland at the 1968 Summer Olympics, but at the altitude in Mexico Studach suffered a collapse through over-exertion in the heats.[5] Bürgin went two more rounds with substitute Hans Ruckstuhl.

Burgin won the double sculls at Henley again in 1969 partnering Denis Oswald. Bürgin competed for Switzerland at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the Single scull and reached the final to come sixth.

Burgin was a long-time employee of Stämpfli, a Swiss boat building company, and took over it in the 1980s when Alfred Stämpfli retired.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Melchior Bürgin". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946–2003 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ World Championships Double Scull. Retrieved on 7 November 2015.
  4. ^ Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Doppelzweier) Archived 25 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The Independent Rowing News Inc. (June 2007). Rowing News. The Independent Rowing News Inc. pp. 31–. ISSN 1548-694X.
  6. ^ The History of Stampfli. Retrieved on 7 November 2015.

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