Bahne Rabe

Bahne Rabe ( born August 7, 1963 in Hamburg, † August 5, 2001 in Kiel ) was a German rower. As a batsman of Germany rowing eight he won at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988, the Gold Medal, in 1991 he became World Champion in the four with coxswain.


After he was able to win the match of the Seniors, the unofficial U23 World Championships, in the coxless pairs in 1983, Raven was in 1984 from his home town of Lüneburg at the National Training Centre Dortmund. There he was trained in 1986 by Ralf Holt Meyer, who picked him in the eighth Germany. After two sixth places at the World Championships in 1986 and 1987 Raven moved in the following year for the Olympic Games in Seoul for the first time on the impact position of the rowing eight. Together with Thomas Möllenkamp, Matthias Mellinghaus, Eckhardt Schultz, Ansgar Wessling, Armin Eichholz, Thomas Domian, Wolfgang Maennig and helmsman Manfred Klein won the gold medal Raven. Then he finished his career for the time being.

Until the return of Rabe in competitive sports Roland Baar had successfully taken over the shock place in Germany aft. At the 1991 World Championships Raven started with Eichholz, Armin Weyrauch and Matthias adversity in the four with coxswain. Controlled by Jörg Dederding the quartet won the gold medal in a new world record, which until today (2012 ) endures. The following year, Raven was again a member of the rowing eight Germany, who won in Barcelona " bronze " and was then competitive sports again.

1995 Raven returned again to competitive sports and came at the World Championships in the coxless four sixth. He then ended his sports career final.

Rabe died from pneumonia, which he did not survive due to its anorexia.


  • Death of a rower - Bahne Rabe Germany radio September 9, 2012 23:30 Author: Herbert Fischer- Solms, Length: 26:44 minutes 1/2 year online anhör-/download-bar (MP3 file, 12.20 MB)

International success

Works on Raven

The report " gold can not buy happiness - Bahne Rabe and his lonely way " by Catherine Cowl and Ulf Eberle was sent on 21 May 2002 on ZDF. In 2003 she was awarded the 3rd prize of the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists.

Bahne Rabe's life served as a sports journalist Evi Simeoni also as the starting point of her novel batsman ( Klett- Cotta, Stuttgart 2012, ISBN 978-3-608-93969-9 ).