Malte Jakschik
2017-09-06 Malte Jakschik by Olaf Kosinsky-2.jpg
Jakschik in 2017
Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1993-08-03) 3 August 1993 (age 29)
Bonn, Germany
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Sport
CountryGermany
SportRowing
Event(s)Eight
ClubRauxel RV

Malte Jakschik (born 3 August 1993) is a German representative rower. He is a three time world champion, an Olympic silver medallist and has held a seat in the German senior men's eight—the Deutschlandachter—constantly from 2014 to 2021. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he rowed in Germany's men's eight which won the silver medal.[1] He rowed at six 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.[2] He has been selected in the German Olympic rowing squad for Tokyo 2021 and is expected to again row in the German men's eight.

International rowing career

Jakschik's representative debut for Germany came in 2010 when he was selected in the German junior men's eight which won a silver medal at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Roudnice. In 2011 he rowed in a coxless four at the World Junior Rowing Championships at Eton Dorney in a crew which included Johannes Weißenfeld with whom he would later win three senior world championships. They rowed to a first placing and a junior world championship.[3]

In 2013 Jakschik 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. [3] 2014 saw Jakschik secure a seat in the German men's eight and he became a constant fixture in that boat for the next seven years. 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. [3]

2015 saw the German eight continue their Olympic campaign build with a win at the European Championships and silver at two World Rowing Cups. When they again met Great Britain at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette the Germans with Jakschik in the two seat, had to again settle for the silver medal with the finishing margin this time being 0.18 seconds.[3] In the lead-up to Rio 2016 Germany again finished either first or second at each regatta in the international season. In Rio the German crew won their heat but in the final were again beaten by Great Britain with a 1.33 second margin. Jakschik was now an Olympic silver medallist [3] and along with rest of the crew he was awarded the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt (Silver Laurel Leaf), Germany's highest sports award, for the achievement.[4]

In 2017 Jakschik, Richard Schmidt, the stroke Hannes Ocik and coxswain Martin Sauer were the only members of the German Olympic eight who rowed on. The eight was rebuilt around the stern three of Ocik, Schmidt & Jakschik. He remained 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 that had been set by Canada. [2] 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. [3] There were a handful of changes to the German eight in 2019 but Jakschik remained at six for another successful international season culminating in his third successive world championship title at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim.[3]

Their 2019 performances qualified that boat for Tokyo 2020.[3] By the time of the 2021 selections for those delayed Olympics, Jakschik was still in the crew and set to make his second Olympic rowing appearance. [3]

References

  1. ^ "Men's Eight". Rio2016.com. Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 1 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Best times World Rowing
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jakschik at World Rowing
  4. ^ "Verleihung des Silbernen Lorbeerblattes". Office of the President of Germany (in German). 1 November 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2019.