Tony Estanguet

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Tony Estanguet riding for the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships at Troja slalom course in Prague.

Tony Estanguet (born 6 May 1978 in Pau, France) is a French slalom canoeist. He has competed since the mid-1990s.

Career[edit]

Tony is the son of Henri Estanguet, himself a canoeist who won medals at the Wildwater Canoe World Championships in the 1970s. His elder brother, Patrice Estanguet, won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Estanguet has won three Olympic gold medals in the C-1 event, in 2000, 2004 and 2012. In 2004, he won after the referees very controversially[citation needed] decided to award Michal Martikán a two second penalty which pushed him to second place, only 12 hundredths of a second behind Estanguet.

Estanguet was the flag-bearer for France at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony. He finished in the 9th position (out of 12 competitors; only the first eight would qualify for the final) in the semi-finals of the C-1 event and was thus eliminated from the final.

At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, he became the first French Olympian to win three gold medals in the same Olympic discipline.[1]

He won twelve medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with five golds (C-1: 2006, 2009, 2010; C-1 team: 2005, 2007), six silvers (C-1: 2003, 2005, 2007; C-1 team: 1997, 2003, 2009), and a bronze (C-1 team: 1999).

Estanguet won the overall World Cup title in C-1 in 2003 and 2004. He also won a total of ten medals at the European Championships (4 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes).

He and his brother Patrice developed the Pau-Pyrénées Whitewater Stadium in their home town of Pau.[2]

In 2012 he was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission. He will serve as an IOC member for eight years.[3]

On November 30 of 2012, he announced that he retired.

References[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Jackson Richardson
Flagbearer for  France
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Laura Flessel