Fernando Pimenta

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Fernando Pimenta
Personal information
Full name Fernando Ismael Fernandes Pimenta
Nationality Portuguese
Born (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 27)
Ponte de Lima
Website fernandopimenta.com
Country Portugal
Sport Canoeing
Event(s) K-1 1000m, K-1 5000m, K-2 1000m, K-4 1000m
Club Clube Náutico de Ponte de Lima

Fernando Ismael Fernandes Pimenta, GOIH, ComM (born 13 August 1989) is a Portuguese sprint and marathon canoeist who has won medals at the Summer Olympics, World and European championships.


Pimenta has competed since the late 2000s. His first major result came at the 2010 World Championships in Poznań, Poland, when he won the K-2 500 metres silver medal together with João Ribeiro. One year later, he contributed to the Portuguese K-4 1000 metres gold medal at the European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, and claimed a bronze in the K-1 1000 metres.[1] Together with Emanuel Silva, he won the silver medal in the K-2 1000 metres event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which was Portugal's only medal at these Games.[1]

In 2013, Pimenta won multiple medals in international events, namely two silvers (K-1 5000 metres and K-4 1000 metres) at the European Championships, held in Portugal's Montemor-o-Velho racing course,[2] and two golds (K-1 500 and 1000 metres) at the Summer Universiade in Kazan.[3] The following year, he secured his second world championship medal in Moscow, after a runner-up finish in the K-4 1000 metres event.[3] At the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, Pimenta finished again in the top-three places of the K-1 5000 and K-4 1000 metres, taking a bronze medal in both events.

Pimenta participated in the inaugural edition of the European Games, in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he became the first Portuguese sprint canoeist to win a medal in this competition, after finishing second in the K-1 1000 metres event; a day later, he added another silver medal in the K-1 5000 metres. At the World Championships in Milan, Pimenta won the K-1 1000 metres bronze medal – his third medal at this level – and secured his country's qualification for this event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[3]

In 2016, Pimenta won his first individual continental titles after taking the K-1 1000 and 5000 metres gold medals at the European Championships in Moscow.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Emanuel Silva e Fernando Pimenta de prata". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). SAPO. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Henriques, Sara (16 June 2013). "Medalha de prata para Fernando Pimenta nos Europeus de canoagem". RTP Notícias (in Portuguese). RTP. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fernando Pimeta" (in Portuguese). Olympic Committee of Portugal. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fernando Pimenta campeão da Europa de K1 1000 e 5000 metros" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Canoe Federation. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Presidente da República agraciou atletas olímpicos e paralímpicos" (in Portuguese). Olympic Committee of Portugal. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Atletas condecorados com Ordem do Mérito (in Portuguese)
Preceded by
Portugal national under-20 football team
Portuguese Team of the Year
(1000 meter K2 team with Emanuel Silva)
Succeeded by
500 meter K2 team
(Joana Vasconcelos and Beatriz Gomes)