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Max Appel

Quad Scull
Max Appel
  • 2019: Bronze at the Worldcup III in M4x
  • 2016: Gold at the U23-World Championships in M2x
  • 2014: Gold at the Junior-World Championships in M2x

  • 2019: Bronze at the Worldcup III in M4x
  • 2016: Gold at the U23-World Championships in M2x
  • 2014: Gold at the Junior-World Championships in M2x

A model athlete with starting problems

Max has got the “rowing genes” in his body from his birth on. His father Sven was Junior World Champion 32 years ago in the quadruple sculls. Also, his sister Emma is part of the German Rowing Junior National Team. After is his disappointing 13th rank at the German Championship in 2018, it was his big goal to get a place in the team this season, but at the beginning of the year 2019 he had to cope with a major setback. After a long process of fighting back, he has made it and his seat in the quad scull is safe. After his first World Cup medal in Rotterdam he is hungry for more and also wants a medal at the World Championships.

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  • Place of birth: Ratzeburg
  • Club: SC Magdeburg e.V.
  • Occupation: Sport soldier
  • Inside: Trained industrial mechanic

More from Max Appel



15 German scullers, 3 boat classes and only 7 seats available. The young scullers have a long and hard way ahead of them. Who will make it into which boat and fulfill his dream of the Olympic Games?

Time to Tokyo 2020


Trailer for the Web Series


“TOLE” – Episode 03

Tim Ole Naske was on of Germany’s best sculler´s in the past two years. Nevertheless, he wasn’t nominated for he World Cup in 2018. This was a serious setback for the 22-year-old, who doesn’t lose sight of his big goal. 


Ergometer-test // selection – part 1

The ergometer test is the starting point of the selection and well known in the world of rowing: 2,000 meters – human vs. machine.


“FAR AWAY” – Episode 13

Professional sport means above all renouncement. Timo Piontek, for whom last year was anything but easy, knows that too. At the World Championships in Linz everything goes well for him and the quad – until the final race.


“IN & OUT – Episode 08

The role of a spareman is ungrateful for every competitive athlete. Therefore the European Championship was for Stephan Riemekasten one of the most difficult regatta of his rowing career.


Sleepless nights

Head coach Marcus Schwarzrock is not satisfied with the performance at the European Championships. He sets first changes in the quadruple scull.


“HEART TIMES” – Episode 09

Max Appel is a rather quiet guy. But in the last months, it has not always been easy for him to keep his composure. Too much has happened in his life for that.


Check up with Michael Ehnert

After the intervention at his heart, Max Appel has another check-up in Hamburg’s Asklepios Klinik St. Georg. Michael Ehnert, director of the Institute of Sports Medicine and Prevention, explains the incident from a medical perspective.

Milestones from Max Appel