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, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.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 in a stellar career on the water. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked. Listed is only athletes with four or more gold medals. Also of note is Katalin Kovács with three gold and five silver.

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 (including 2021)

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 6 1 1 8 32
4 Lisa Carrington New Zealand F 5 0 1 6 31
4 Ivan Patzaichin Romania M 4 3 0 7 30
6 Katrin Wagner-Augustin Germany F 4 1 1 6 27
7 Ian Ferguson New Zealand M 4 1 0 5 26

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 4 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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