Iker Martínez de Lizarduy

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Iker Martínez de Lizarduy
Personal information
Full nameIker Martínez de Lizarduy Lizarribar
Born (1977-06-16) 16 June 1977 (age 46)
Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country
Sailing career
Medal record
Representing  Spain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 49er
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing 49er
49er World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Kāneʻohe 49er
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 49er
Gold medal – first place 2010 Port Lucaya 49er
Silver medal – second place 2001 Malcesine 49er

Iker Martínez de Lizarduy Lizarribar (born 16 June 1977 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country) is a Spanish sailor and olympic champion. Martínez de Lizarduy won a gold medal in the 49er class with Xabier Fernández at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] The same pairing won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

Iker Martínez was skipper for Team Telefónica in the 2011-2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, with Fernandez also being a team member.[3] They were also named ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year 2011, finding out while they were competing in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.[3]

He also skippered Spanish yacht MAPFRE in the 2014–2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, albeit he skipped a few legs to prepare himself for the 2016 Rio Olympics.[4]

Main achievements[edit]

  • World Championship Malcesine (Italy), 2nd position ;
  • European Championship Brest (France), 2nd position ;
  • World Championship Kāneʻohe (United States of America), 1st position ;
  • European Championship Grimstad (Norway), 1st position ;
  • European Championship Laredo (Spain), 3rd position ;
  • Olympic Games Athens (Greece), 1st position ;
  • World Championship Athens (Greece), 1st position ;
  • European Championship Weymouth (United kingdom), 3rd position ;
  • European Championship Marsala (Italy), 1st position ;
  • European Championship S'Arena (Spain), 1st position ;
  • Olympic Games Beijing (China), 2nd position ;
  • Volvo Ocean Race (RTW), 3rd position;
  • Barcelona World Race (RTW), 2nd position (with Xabi Fernandez);


  1. ^ "2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece – Sailing". databaseOlympics.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Spain Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "IKER AND XABI PICK UP ROLEX SAILORS OF THE YEAR 2011 PRIZE". www.teamtelefonica.com. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Martínez switches dreams - for a leg". volvooceanrace.com.