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MARTIKAN Michal
MARTIKAN Michal

Michal MARTIKAN

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At the age of 16, Michal Martikan became the youngest winner of a World Cup slalom canoeing event. Three months later, now 17 years old, Martikan was in sixth place after the first run of the canoe slalom singles event at the Olympic Games in 1996.

With nothing to lose, he went all out on the second run and just bettered the score of defending champion Lukáš Pollert of the Czech Republic. Martikan was the first Olympic champion to represent independent Slovakia.

A perfect course for silver

He entered the 2000 Olympic Games as the favourite, having consistently finished near the top in every major competition and in each World Cup series. At these Games, Martikan registered the best score in the qualifying round, but was only in fifth place after the first run of the final. In the second run, he paddled a perfect course and his time was the fastest of the round. He was able to move up to the silver medal position behind Tony Estanguet of France.

A touch of silver

Competing in his third edition of the Olympic Games in 2004, Martikan again led the qualifying round. He also earned the highest score in the semi finals, which also served as the first run of the final. After the second run, it appeared that Martikan had regained the Olympic title, but a video review revealed that he had touched a gate and he ended up in second place only 12 hundredths of a point behind Estanguet.

Twelve years on, same success

For his fourth Olympic Games, in Beijing in 2008, the Slovak canoeist was still a serious contender for the title. He was even at the peak of his powers: he achieved the best time in three of the four rounds (heats, semi-final and final). Twelve years after his gold medal in Atlanta, Michal Martikan won his second Olympic title. Michal Martikan is the only slalom canoeist to win four Olympic medals.

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Michal Martikan Proves to be as Good as Gold

Michal Martikan proves to be as good as gold, achieving victory in C1. Even though he's been assessed a 2 seconds penalty, Martikan manages to finish 2 seconds ahead of David Florence, claiming gold with a combined score of 176.65. Florence settles for silver and Robin Bell takes the bronze. Martikan became the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for Slovakia in 1996. Canoe Slalom Men's C1 - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Michal Martikan (SVK), David Florence (GBR), Robin Bell (AUS)
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Olympics Previews - Day -5 Martikan paddles

BEIJING - AUGUST 03: Michal Martikan of Slovakia practices for the men's canoe slalom at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 3, 2008 in Beijing, China.
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Olympics Previews - Day -6 Martikan tests out the slalom course

Beijing - 2 August 2008: C-1 canoeist Michal Martikan of Slovakia practices on the slalom course at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games
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Mens C1 Slalom Single Medal Ceremony

ATHENS - AUGUST 18: Michal Martikan of Slovakia, Silver Medal, Tony Estanguet of France, winner of the Gold medal after Martikan was stripped of the Gold medal for being given a two second penality thus moving him into a silver medal position, Stefan Pfannmoeller of Germany, Bronze in the men's C-1 class slalom event on August 18, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Schinias Olympic Slalom Centre in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michal Martikan; Tony Estanguet;Stefan Pfannmoeller
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Sydney 2000-MINCIK Juraj (SVK) 3rd, ESTANGUET Tony (FRA) 1st and MARTIKAN Michal (SVK) 2nd
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KANUSPORTKANU OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000, Sydney; KANUSLALOM/CNADIER C1/MAENNER; Michal MARTIKAN/SVK - SILBER - (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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