Matthias Ungemach
Medal record
Men's rowing
World Rowing Championships
Representing  West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1990 Tasmania M8+
Representing  Germany
Gold medal – first place 1991 Vienna M4+

Matthias Ungemach OLY (born 21 May 1968 in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German rower (6'6"; 100 kg), double World Champion and Olympian.

Ungemach, Armin Weyrauch, Armin Eichholz, Bahne Rabe and Jorg Dederding won the 1991 World Championship in the coxed four in world record time (5:58,96),[1] which is still unbeaten. He won another world title with the German eight in 1990 in Tasmania (Australia). Ungemach rowed in the final of the coxless four in 1992 Barcelona Spain and came fourth in a heartbeat final. Other highlights were the win of at Henley Royal Regatta, Good Will Games Seattle, Head of the Charles Boston and 12 German Championships in all boat classes.[2]

With his pair partner Colin von Ettingshausen he represented Germany on various world titles and in the Atlanta Olympics 1996 in the coxless pair.[2] Matthias Ungemach retired from professional rowing afterwards.

Ungemach lives with his family on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia and is married to Judith Ungemach (née Judith Zeidler)[2] who won Olympic gold in the women's eight in Seoul (1988) and bronze in Barcelona (1992).[3]

In July 2020, Ungemach was arrested and charged with several offences relating to an alleged hit-and-run incident on 22 February 2020, which killed 66-year-old Tony Plati.[4] Charges were dropped in February 2021 after an expert report found the pedestrian had initiated the collision and Ungemach wouldn't have been aware of the incident.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Matthias Ungemach Biography and Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Olympic Medals won by Judith Zeidler". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Olympian charged over fatal alleged hit-and-run at Freshwater". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  5. ^ Costin, Luke (8 February 2021). "Olympian relieved hit-run charges dropped". Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 8 February 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)