Richard Hounslow

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Richard Hounslow
David Florence and Richard Hounslow Rio 2016cr.jpg
Florence and Hounslow (right) at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born19 December 1981 (1981-12-19) (age 37)
Harrow, London, U.K.
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
SportCanoe slalom
ClubPeak UK

Richard John Hounslow[2] (born 19 December 1981) is a British slalom canoeist who competed at the international level from 1999 until his retirement in 2016.[3] He started out as a specialist in the kayak (K1) category, but in 2009 he also started competing in canoe doubles (C2) alongside David Florence. In his last season (2016) he concentrated on the C2 class exclusively.

Personal and early life[edit]

Hounslow was born in the London Borough of Harrow, which he represented in the London Youth Games.[4] He attended Harrow College.[5] He was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2012. Outside of canoeing, Hounslow is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.[6]


At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London he won a silver medal in the C2 event and placed 12th in the K1 event. He won another silver medal in the C2 event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[1]

Hounslow won nine medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with a gold (C2: 2013), a silver (K1 team: 2009) and seven bronzes (C2: 2010; C2 team: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015; K1 team: 2014, 2015). He also won 9 medals at the European Championships (2 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes).[7]

In 2012, Hounslow won the C2 gold at the World Cup race in Cardiff along with David Florence.[8]

World Cup individual podiums[edit]

Season Date Venue Position Event
2008 29 Jun 2008 Tacen 3rd K1
2009 28 Jun 2009 Pau 3rd C2
2011 14 Aug 2011 Prague 3rd C2
2012 10 Jun 2012 Cardiff 1st C2
2013 23 Jun 2013 Cardiff 2nd C2
2014 17 Aug 2014 Augsburg 3rd C2
2015 9 Aug 2015 La Seu d'Urgell 3rd C2


  1. ^ a b "Richard Hounslow". Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ GRO reference: March 1982, Vol. 11, Page 1264
  3. ^ "GB Olympic canoe slalom star Richard Hounslow retires". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  5. ^ "FE students add to Team GB Olympic medal haul". FE Week. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Spurs Fan Hounslow Wins Olympic Silver!". Tottenham Hotspur. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Richard HOUNSLOW (GBR)". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Richard Hounslow". BBC. Retrieved 11 June 2012.

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