Canoe slalom: preview facts

RIO DE JANEIRO - David FLORENCE (GBR) will attempt to become the first athlete to win two gold medals in canoe slalom at a single Olympic Games when the competition begins on Sunday 7 August at Whitewater Stadium.

  • FLORENCE will participate in both the canoe single (C1) men and and canoe double (C2) men and will try to become the first athlete to claim a medal in multiple events at a single Olympic Games.
  • FLORENCE has already won silver in both events, but at different Olympic Games - C1 at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and C2 in London 2012.
  • France has won six gold medals in canoe slalom and it can join Slovakia on a record seven gold medals.
  • France has claimed a record 16 medals in canoe slalom: six gold, three silver and seven bronze.
  • France is the only NOC to have won a medal in canoe slalom at all seven Games it has been on the programme.
  • Germany's four gold medals all came in kayak single events, three in the men's competition and one in the women's.
  • Germany's three gold medals in the kayak (K1) men's is the most for any NOC in a specific canoe slalom event, together with France in the canoe single (C1) men and Slovakia in the canoe double (C2) men.
  • Ladislav SKANTAR (SVK) and Peter SKANTAR (SVK) hope to give Slovakia a fourth win in the men's C2 after Pavel HOCHSCHORNER (SVK) and Peter HOCHSCHORNER (SVK) won the event three times.
  • Jessica FOX (AUS) can become the first non-European to win gold in an individual canoe slalom event, when she competes in the kayak (K1) women.
  • Brazil hope to win their first medal in this sport.
  • None of the gold-medal winners in any of the four events at the London 2012 Olympic Games will compete in Rio.

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