René Holten Poulsen

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René Poulsen
Canoe Moscow 2016 - René Holten Poulsen.jpg
Poulsen at the 2016 European Championships
Personal information
Full nameRené Holten Poulsen
Born (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 30)
Sakskøbing, Denmark
ResidenceBagsværd, Denmark
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Event(s)K-1 1,000m, K-1 500m, K-2 1,000m
ClubMaribo Kajakklub

René Holten Poulsen (born 28 November 1988) is a Danish sprint canoeist, who has won medals at the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships. He won a silver medal in the men's K-2 1000 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1]

He made his international debut in 2005, having begun paddling at the age of 12.[2]

The Dane has won medals in various sprint events, but has primarily focused on the K-1 since 2009. He has won 5 world championships medals and was crowned double world champion in 2015 in Milan, winning both the K-1 1.000 meter and K-1 500 meter, only the sixth time this double has been won. He has one medal from the Olympic Games and 15 from European championships.[2] In June 2015, he competed in the inaugural European Games, for Denmark in canoe sprint, more specifically, Men's K-1 1000m. He earned a bronze medal. He was also an ambassador for the 2015 European Games.[2]

For his 2015 achievements, he has been nominated for both the World Paddle Awards 2015 and as the Sportsperson of the Year 2015 in Denmark. He won both awards.[2]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "René Poulsen". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "René Poulsen". ICF – Planet Canoe. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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