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Marcus Schwarzrock

Max Appel
  • 2016: Olympic Gold with the M4x
  • 2015: Gold at the World Championships with the M4x
  • 2012: Olympic Gold with the M4x

  • 2016: Olympic Gold with the M4x
  • 2015: Gold at the World Championships with the M4x
  • 2012: Olympic Gold with the M4x

Between decisions and hurting someone?

Marcus Schwarzrock knows the feeling of winning the important race at the Olympic Games. Both at the Games in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, he was able to lead the quadruple scull to maximum success as the main responsible coach. Since 2017, he is the discipline coach and sports director of the German men’s scull area and thus mainly responsible for the occupation of the boats. As coach, he is always under pressure because in case of a sporting failure, he is the first one to name the reasons for that. However, if he succeeds in achieving his goals, he can become one of the most successful German rowing coaches of all time.

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  • Place of birth: Hamburg
  • Club: Ruder-Club Allemannia von 1866
  • Occupation: Discipline coach of the men sculler
  • Inside: He is a confessed fan of the Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV)


More from Marcus Schwarzrock



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


The coaches

Marcus Schwarzrock, Dirk Brockmann and Karsten Timm don’t have an easy job. They have to decide who will be in which boat at the end. And they also pursue their own goals.


“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. 


“ROW TRIP” – Episode 04 (Part 1)

The rowing soul is delighted, because the athletes like to rowing most with their boats on glassy water and sunny weather. But also a training camp has its rules.


“ROW TRIP” – Episode 04 (Part 2)

Oliver Zeidler, Stephan Krüger, Tim Ole Naske – those are three contenders for the seat in the single scull. Each of them has his very own strengths. In Erba they practice head-to-head.


“ROW TRIP” – Episode 04 (Part 3)

In the end the coaches select the rowers for the boats. The double scull could become highly competitive. Only the most successful boat of the last years causes some worries.


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.


Pretest single scull / selection – part 2

More than just a final rehearsal for the German Championship in Cologne: the single scull races in Hamburg-Allermöhe.


“SHOWDOWN IN COLOGNE” – Episode 05 (Part 1)

The German Championships are not just about the title. Already in the quarter-finals, there is a hard fight for a place among the first twelve. Not everyone achieves this goal.


“SHOWDOWN IN COLOGNE” – Episode 05 (Part 2)

In the finale of the German Small Boat Championships it comes to the final decision. But Oliver Zeidler leaves no doubt that there can be only one champion.


“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.


The decision

The boats are nominated and head coach Marcus Schwarzrock relates to his motivations. Not an easy week for the head coach.


“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.


“UNDER PRESSURE” – Episode 10

After another fourth place at the World Cup II in Poznan head coach Marcus Schwarzrock exchanged the strokeman in the quad. At the last regatta before the World Championship, Hans Gruhne takes over the command instead of Lars Hartig. Who can best withstand the pressure?


“Lucky Hans” – Episode 11

Hans Gruhne finally made his way to the stroke in the quadruple. One of his best friends was waiting for him.



Head coach Marcus Schwarzrock is not completely satisfied after the end of the World Rowing Championship. On the contrary. Within the team, he still sees great room for improvement.

Milestones from Marcus Schwarzrock