Paul MacDonald

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Paul MacDonald
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul K-2 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul K-2 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul K-1 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Mechelen K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1987 Duisburg K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1987 Duisburg K-2 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 1982 Belgrade K-2 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1987 Duisburg K-2 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1990 Poznań K-2 10000 m

Christopher Paul MacDonald, MBE (born 8 January 1960), is a New Zealand sprint canoeist who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. He is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most successful international athletes and holds innumerable international speed records in canoeing.

Competing in three Summer Olympics, MacDonald won five medals. This included three golds (K-2 500 m: 1984, 1988; K-4 1000 m: 1984), one silver (K-2 1000 m: 1988), and one bronze (K-1 500 m: 1988). His five Olympic medals is the record for the most Olympic medals won by a New Zealander, a record he shares with fellow canoeist Ian Ferguson, and equestrian Mark Todd.[1]

He also won six medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with three golds (K-1 500 m: 1987, K-2 500 m: 1985, K-2 1000 m: 1987) and three silvers (K-2 500 m: 1982, 1987, K-2 10000 m: 1990).

In retirement from professional competition, MacDonald has produced many television sports events and programmes including Clash of the Codes (the ultimate sporting challenge) and annually presents the Dragon Boat Festival.

In the 1988 New Year Honours, MacDonald was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to canoeing.[2]

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Awards
Preceded by
Ian Ferguson
Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
1985 (with: Ian Ferguson)
1987
Succeeded by
Anthony Mosse
Preceded by
Anthony Mosse
Succeeded by
Bruce Kendall