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Karsten Schmeling
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-0724-011, Schmeling, Niesecke, Eichwurzel, Klawonn, Reiher.jpg

From left to right: Schmeling, Bernd Niesecke, Bernd Eichwurzel, Frank Klawonn and Hendrik Reiher who became 1988 GDR-champions
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Coxed four
Friendship Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Moscow Coxed pair
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Nottingham Coxed four
Gold medal – first place 1987 Copenhagen Coxed four
Silver medal – second place 1981 Munich Coxed pair
Silver medal – second place 1982 Luzern Coxed pair
Silver medal – second place 1983 Duisburg Eight

Karsten Schmeling (born 13 January 1962 in Hennigsdorf, Brandenburg) is a German rower, who competed for the SG Dynamo Potsdam / Sportvereinigung (SV) Dynamo.[1][2] In October 1986, he was awarded a Patriotic Order of Merit in gold (first class) for his sporting success.[3]


  1. ^ RRK 08 Rudern – Deutsche Rudererfolge bei Olympia
  2. ^ RRK 08 Rudern – Deutsche Rudererfolge bei Weltmeisterschaften
  3. ^ "Hohe staatliche Auszeichnungen verliehen" [Awarded high state awards]. Neues Deutschland (in German). Vol. 42, no. 243. 15 October 1986. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2018.