Fernando Pimenta (POR)

Fernando Pimenta (POR)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
13 August 1989
179 cm
81 kg
Ponte de Lima, POR
Athlete, Student
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Health Studies - Fernando Pessoa University: Ponte de Lima, POR


General Interest

Cycling, swimming, running, watching films, eating out with friends. (baku2015.com, 15 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (baku2015.com, 15 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your dreams command your life." (sapo.com, 16 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
In May 2015 he was named Grand Official of the Order of Prince Henry in Portugal. (fernandopimenta.com, 27 May 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Portuguese Canoeing Federation [FPC]. The award was shared with Emanuel Silva, Joao Ribeiro and David Fernandes. (sporting.pt, 13 Feb 2015)

He was the flag bearer for Portugal at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fernandopimenta.com, 27 May 2015)

He won a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Male Sportsperson in 2012. The award was shared with Emanuel Silva. He was a finalist for the same award in 2015 but lost out to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (atelevisao.com, 19 May 2013; ominho.pt, 16 May 2016)
Other information
He and Emanuel Silva became the first Portuguese sprint paddlers to win a medal at the Olympic Games. The pair claimed silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2015; Facebook page, 08 May 2016)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11 at Clube Nautico de Ponte de Lima in Portugal.
Why this sport?
"I thought it would be a new experience and I wanted to do something with my free time during summer."
Club / Team
Clube Nautico de Ponte de Lima: Portugal
Name of coach
Helio Lucas Araujo [club]; Jose Sousa [club]


Olympic GamesK1 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Men3:35.3495Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men3:07.4826Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK2 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012MenDNS14
Olympic GamesK2 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:09.6992Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men3:26.5353Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men2:58.8025Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men3:26.29010Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:46.9392Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:45.0568Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men20:45.3267Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Men2:51.76211
World ChampionshipsK2 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men1:29.9702Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:18.5607Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men2:33.25515
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow25 June 20162016Men3:29.0401Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mRussia, Moscow26 June 20162016Men20:09.691Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow26 June 20162016Men2:53.5484Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCzech Republic, Racice2 May 20152015Men3:35.6163Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mCzech Republic, Racice3 May 20152015Men20:52.5107
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mCzech Republic, Racice3 May 20152015Men2:58.1522Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg12 July 20142014Men3:31.1055Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men19:54.7103Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men2:56.9323Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men19:57.9822Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Men3:13.7877
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men2:56.8562Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men3:25.8813Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men2:49.6181Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 5000mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men20:37.2126Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Men1:29.6583Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mSpain, Trasona3 July 20102010Men3:13.8534Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Brandenburg28 June 20092009Men1:42.72117
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg27 June 20092009Men3:37.2198
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Men11Latest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Men6Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men8
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Men11
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men26
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Men11