|Born||3 March 1940|
|Occupation||physical education teacher|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Club||SC Einheit Dresden|
He was born in Dresden and was a member of SC Einheit Dresden. At the 1968 Olympics he was a crew member of the East German boat that won the silver medal in the coxed four event. He later studied at the Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur (DHfK) to become a physical education teacher and from 1978, he worked at a school in Dresden.
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