The Greatest Paddling Athletes at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Canoe and Kayak Athletes of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Canoeing athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.ballarat olympics

The best all-time performing canoeing athlete at the Olympic Games is German Birgit Fischer who won 8 gold medals and 4 silver in a career spanning 1980–2004. The top male is Gert Fredriksson of Sweden with six gold medals. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Paddlers

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Canoeing and Kayak for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Canoeing and Kayak at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Birgit Fischer Germany F 8 4 0 12 56
2 Gert Fredriksson Sweden M 6 1 1 8 39
3 Danuta Kozák Hungary F 5 1 0 6 32
4 Ivan Patzaichin Romania M 4 3 0 7 30
5 Katalin Kovács Hungary F 3 5 0 8 28
6 Katrin Wagner-Augustin Germany F 4 1 1 6 27
7 Ian Ferguson New Zealand M 4 1 0 5 26
8 Agneta Andersson Sweden F 3 2 2 7 24
=9 Natasa Dusev-Janics Hungary F 3 2 1 6 23
=9 Knut Holmann Norway M 3 2 1 6 23
11 Ramona Portwich Germany F 3 2 0 5 22
=12 Kay Bluhm Germany F 3 1 1 5 21
=12 Andreas Dittmer Germany M 3 1 1 5 21
=12 Paul MacDonald New Zealand M 3 1 1 5 21
=12 Antonio Rossi Italy M 3 1 1 5 21
=12 Rdiger Helm East Germany M 3 0 3 6 21
=17 Torsten Gutsche Germany M 3 1 0 4 20
=17 Zolt n Kammerer Hungary M 3 1 0 4 20
=17 Gabriella Szab¢ Hungary F 3 1 0 4 20
=20 Pavol Hochschorner Slovakia M 3 0 1 4 19
=20 Peter Hochschorner Slovakia M 3 0 1 4 19
=20 Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinaeva Soviet Union F 3 0 1 4 19
=23 Sergei Chukhray Soviet Union M 3 0 0 3 18
=23 Tony Estanguet France M 3 0 0 3 18
=23 Volodymyr Morozov Soviet Union M 3 0 0 3 18
=23 Uladzimir Parfianovich Soviet Union M 3 0 0 3 18
=23 Botond Storcz Hungary M 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2016). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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