Markus Oscarsson

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Markus Oscarsson
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens K-2 1000 m
Silver 2000 Sydney K-2 1000 m
World Championships
Gold 2002 Seville K-2 1000 m
Gold 2003 Gainesville K-2 1000 m
Gold 2006 Szeged K-1 1000 m
Silver 2011 Szeged K-2 1000 m
Bronze 2001 Poznań K-2 500 m

Markus Oscarsson (born 9 May 1977 in Västerås) is a Swedish sprint kayaker who has competed since 1995. Competing in five Summer Olympics, he won two medals in the K-2 1000 m event with a gold in 2004 and a silver in 2000.[1]

Oscarsson won two silver medals at the 1995 World Junior Championships in Yamanashi, Japan, finishing behind Hungary's Zoltan Kammerer in both the K-1 500 m and K-1 1000 m finals.

He then formed a highly successful K2 partnership with Henrik Nilsson. They went on to become world champions in 2002 and 2003. They also won a bronze in the K-2 500 m event at the 2001 championships. It was with Nilsson that he won his gold and silver Olympic medals.[1]

Oscarsson took a year off competitive canoeing in 2005. He returned to action in 2006 and won the K-1 1000 m bronze medal at the European Championships in Račice, Czech Republic - the first individual medal of his senior career. The following month he became K-1 1000 m world champion in Szeged, Hungary, edging out Britain's Tim Brabants by 0.06 sec. This was Sweden's first gold medal in canoeing's Blue Riband event since the late Gert Fredriksson's victory in 1954.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Oscarsson and Nilsson were disqualifed for leaving their lane.[2] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, they again reached the final of the men's K-2 1000 m event, but finished in 5th place.[3]

Oscarsson is 184 cm (6' 0) tall and weighs 84 kg (185 lb).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Markus Oscarsson at Sports-Reference.com". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Men's Kayak Doubles 1000 m at the Olympic Games". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "London 2012 - Men's Canoe Sprint K-2 1000 m". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 26 September 2014.