Alan Thompson (canoeist)

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Alan Thompson
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles K-1 1000 m
Gold 1984 Los Angeles K-4 1000 m
World Championships
Silver 1982 Belgrade K-1 1000 m
Silver 1982 Belgrade K-2 500 m
Bronze 1983 Tampere K-1 1000 m

Alan Thompson (born 14 June 1959 in Gisborne, New Zealand) is a sprint canoer who competed in the early to mid-1980s. Competing at three Summer Olympics, he won both of his gold medals at Los Angeles in 1984, earning them in the K-1 1000 m and K-4 1000 m events. Thompson is only one of ten New Zealanders to have won two or more olympic gold medals.

Thompson also won three medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with two silvers (K-1 1000 m and K-2 500 m: both 1982), and a bronze (K-1 1000 m: 1983).

After retiring from top-level canoeing Thompson became a coach, selector and manager for New Zealand canoeing teams and eventually became president of the New Zealand Canoeing Federation.

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