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Jonas Reckermann

Jonas Reckermann

professional beach volleyball player
The basics
Occupation Volleyball player Beach volleyball player
Country Germany
Date of birth Rheine, Steinfurt, Münster Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Awards Silbernes Lorbeerblatt
The details

Jonas Reckermann (born 26 May 1979 in Rheine) is a retired beach volleyball player from Germany. Together with his most recent partner Julius Brink, he won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which, along with Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst are the most successful Olympic appearances of a German beach volleyball team. They were the first European duo to win the Olympic gold medal – male or female competition. In addition to that they also were the first European team ever to win a world championship title and are currently ranked 22nd on the FIVB World Tour (as of 23 July 2012).

Early tournaments

Reckermann represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished in ninth place with his then partner Markus Dieckmann. He twice won the European Beach Volleyball Championships, in 2002 and 2004.

In 2009, he won four FIVB competitions (three consecutive Grand Slams) and the German Masters of the CEV European Championship Tour with partner Julius Brink. This includes the 2009 FIVB World Championship, held from 26 June to 5 July in Stavanger, where they beat top- seeded HarleyAlison in the final and former FIVB world champions and gold medalist of the 2008 Summer Olympics RogersDalhausser in the semi final.

2012 Olympics

Brink – Reckermann won the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in London in 2012. In the final, they beat the Brazilian team of Alison – Emanuel, making this the first victory of a European country at Beach Volleyball in Olympic history.

Playing partners

Retirement and media career

Reckermann announced his retirement from competition after the 2012 season due to injury.

He is currently the main pundit for Sky Germany's beach volleyball broadcasts.

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