Josef Dostal (CZE)

Josef Dostal (CZE)

CZCzech Republic
Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
03 March 1993
202 cm
112 kg
Prague, CZE
Czech, English, German
Higher education
University of Chemistry and Technology: Prague, CZE


General Interest

Pepa (Facebook profile, 22 Jun 2015)
Fishing, alpine skiing, picking mushrooms, football. (, 16 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the K1 1000m at the 2014 World Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation, and at the 2013 U23 World Championships in Welland, ON, Canada. (, 16 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr. (, 15 Feb 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His mother gave him a small Czech flag that he carries with him. (NOC, 19 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (NOC, 19 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named in the Crew of the Year by the Czech Canoe Union in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. (, 11 Jan 2016;, 15 Jan 2015)

He was named 2014 Canoeist of the Year by the Czech Canoe Union. (, 15 Jan 2015)
Famous relatives
His mother Eva Emingerova-Dostalova played volleyball for Czechoslovakia and is a well-known Czech jazz singer. (, 18 Sep 2014)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first sat in a kayak at age three.
Why this sport?
"My father was a kayak coach but he didn't force me to do this sport. I tried many other sports, such as judo, ice hockey, athletics and football. I was good at these sports but they didn't make me happy. Once in a while I would go to the boathouse and paddle for fun. While I was enjoying hunting ducks and watching small fish from the boat, I discovered that kayak had an important place in my heart."
Club / Team
Dukla Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Pavel Hottmar [national], CZE; Karel Lestina [personal], CZE


Olympic GamesK1 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Men3:32.1452Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men3:05.1763Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mEngland, London9 August 20122012Men2:55.8503Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men3:26.2982Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men2:58.1393Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men3:25.0921Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:46.7241Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:30.30111Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men2:59.3752Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCzech Republic, Racice2 May 20152015Men3:39.14010Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mCzech Republic, Racice3 May 20152015Men2:57.2801Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg12 July 20142014Men3:30.59910Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Brandenburg13 July 20142014Men2:54.8241Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Men3:28.9103Best result
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Men2:55.8061Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Men1:36.9983Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Men1Latest resultBest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Men8Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men5Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Men20Best result