Ken Wallace (canoeist)
Kenneth Maxwell "Ken" Wallace, OAM (born 26 July 1983) is an Australian sprint canoeist who has competed since the mid-2000s, winning gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at several World Championships.
|Full name||Kenneth Maxwell Wallace|
26 July 1983 |
Gosford, New South Wales
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (201 lb)|
|Club||Currumbin Creek Canoe Club|
|Coached by||Jimmy Owens (2000 – current)|
|Updated on 21 August 2016.|
Born in Gosford, New South Wales, Wallace originally competed in Ironman events and only switched to sprint racing at the age of sixteen. Two years later he was the K-1 1000 m junior world champion in Curitiba, Brazil.
In 2006, with Australian number one Nathan Baggaley serving a doping ban, Wallace was selected to represent Australia at the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, where he placed fifth in the K-1 1000 m final.
In 2007, Wallace at the ICF World Championships held in Duisburg, Germany placed 4th in the K-1 1000m Final. This result qualified Australia a berth at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Wallace won two medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with gold in the K-1 500 m and bronze in the K-1 1000 m events. He also won two medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold (K-1 5000 m: 2010) and a bronze (K-1 500 m: 2009).
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