Henrik Nilsson (canoeist)

Henrik Nilsson (born 15 February 1976, in Nyköping) is a Swedish sprint canoer who competed from the mid-1990s to the 2010s. Competing in four Summer Olympics, he won two medals in the K-2 1000 m event with a gold in 2004 and a silver in 2000.

Henrik Nilsson 2009
Henrik Nilsson
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens K-2 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-2 1000 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Seville K-2 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Gainesville K-2 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2011 Szeged K-2 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Dartmouth K-2 200 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Poznań K-2 500 m

Nilsson's first international medal came at the 1997 World Championships in Dartmouth, Canada, where he won the K-2 200 m bronze medal with partner Henrik Andersson.

His greatest triumphs however came with partner Markus Oscarsson. In 2001, they were world championship bronze medalists in K-2 500 m.

Nilsson and Oscarsson then dominated the K-2 1000 m event over the next three years, winning two world championship gold medals, in Seville (2002) and Gainesville, USA (2003), followed by the Olympic gold at Athens 2004.

Nilsson is 190 cm tall (6' 3) and weighs 86 kg (189 lbs).

ReferencesEdit

  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-01-21). Additional archives: Wayback Machine.
  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-11-09)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Henrik Nilsson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-09-01.