Samuel Hernanz (ESP)

Samuel Hernanz (ESP)

Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
15 April 1986
180 cm
75 kg
La Seu d'Urgell, ESP
French, Spanish
Higher education
Coaching, Sport Studies - Paul Sabatier University: Toulouse, FRA


General Interest

He sustained a back injury at around age 12 that meant he was immobilised for three months. (Facebook page, 20 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His father Richard competed in canoe slalom at international level for France. He won silver in the C2 team event at the 1979 World Championships in Jonquiere, QC, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2015; Facebook page, 20 Aug 2015;, 01 Aug 2012)
Other information
He holds both French and Spanish citizenship. He was granted Spanish citizenship in 2007. (, 07 Sep 2011)

He was born in Tarbes, France, after his grandparents left Spain in the 1960s. He initially represented the country of his birth but later switched to Spain after undergoing difficulty moving on from France's junior national development programme to the senior team. "It was a big change for me, and it was difficult. As a result, my sporting results suffered. With the certainty that I hadn't fulfilled my potential and in looking for a structure that would allow me to do so, I decided to profit from my dual nationality and try my luck in Spain while continuing my university studies in Toulouse [France]." (Facebook page, 10 Jun 2016;, 07 Sep 2011)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age 10 with his father on the Gave de Pau river in south-west France. He then joined the l'Esquimau Kayak Club Lourdais in France.
Why this sport?
He was immediately hooked on the sport.
Club / Team
Atletico San Sebastian: Spain
Name of coach
Xabier Extaniz [national]


Olympic GamesK1England, London1 August 20122012Men96.955Best result
World ChampionshipsK1England, London20 September 20152015Men1:27.9198
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men155.9118Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men107.1419Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men177.4912Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Men177.277Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men103.247Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men122.2211Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men230.288Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men99.8113Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men160.0915Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men104.7730
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men105.726Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men100.1926Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men112.713Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men96.9310Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men115.577Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men86.323Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men101.047Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men84.416Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men107.2511Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men27
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men14Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men94.832Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men113.128Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men17
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men95.675Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Men15Latest resultBest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Men15
World CupK117 August 20142014Men9Best result
World CupK125 August 20132013Men12Best result
World CupK12 September 20122012Men18
World CupK113 August 20112011Men11Best result
World CupK14 July 20102010Men32
World CupK13 August 20092009Men51
World CupK16 July 20082008Men134