Felix Wimberger
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Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 32)
Vilshofen an der Donau, West Germany[1]
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Sport
SportRowing

Felix Wimberger (born 28 February 1990) is a German representative rower. He is an Olympian,[2] a two time senior world champion in the German men's eight- the Deutschlandachter, and a two time underage world champion. He competed in the men's coxless four event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3] He rowed in the two seat when the Deutschlandachter at the 2017 World Rowing Cup II set a world's best time of 5.18.68, still the standing world mark as of 2021.[4]

International rowing career

Wimberger's representative debut for Germany came in 2008 when he was selected in the German junior men's eight which won gold and a world junior title at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Ottensheim. In 2010 he rowed the German U23 eight which won gold at the World U23 Rowing Championships in Belarus and then in 2012 he stroked the U23 eight to a silver medal performance at the U23 World Championships in Lithuania.[5]

In 2013 Wimberger moved into the German senior squad and a coxless four which finished in overall twelfth place at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea. [5] 2014 saw Wimberger secure a seat in the German men's eight. The 2014 eight was successful at the European Championships and the World Rowing Cup II and then at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam finished 0.66 seconds behind Great Britain and brought home a silver medal. [5]

2015 saw Wimberger in the German men's coxless four which competed at World Rowing Cups and took fifth place at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette.[5] That same four went to the 2016 European Championships placing seventh,[5] managed a fourth place at one of their two World Rowing Cup appearances and then at Rio 2016 they failed to make the A final and finished in overall twelfth place.[5]

The German marquee boat -the men's eight- was rebuilt in 2017 following the Olympics and Wimberger was one of five new oarsmen who gained seats. He held the two seat throughout their dominant season campaign, winning gold at the European Championships, two World Rowing Cups and ultimately at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida where the German eight were crowned as world champions. In June 2017 at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan they set a new world's best time for the eight, taking 0.67 seconds off a 2012 mark set by Canada. [4] The German crew with every man holding the same seat, continued their European and world dominance throughout 2018 winning at three World Rowing Cups, the 2018 European Championships and then defending their world title at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv. [5]

In 2019 Wimberger was moved back to the German men's coxless four. They competed at all regattas in the international season and finished in overall tenth place at the 2019 World Rowing Championships. Those performances did not qualify the boat for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and they tried for final seeding for those delayed games at the 2021 final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne. They did not make the final or the qualification cut-off.[5]

References

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Felix Wimberger". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Felix WIMBERGER". Olympic Channel. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Felix Wimberger". Rio2016.com. Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b Best times World Rowing
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Wimberger at World Rowing