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Paul MacDonald

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameChristopher Paul•MacDonald
Used namePaul•MacDonald
Born8 January 1960 in Auckland (NZL)
Measurements179 cm / 85 kg
NOC(s) New Zealand

Biography

Paul MacDonald was a key figure in the small but effective New Zealand canoeing force of the 1980s. He won three Olympic gold medals plus a silver and a bronze and won three world titles. He and Ian Ferguson were a dominant and determined pair at canoeing regattas through the 80s – they won the k2 500m in Los Angeles and Seoul, and combined with Grant Bramwell and Alan Thompson to win the k4 title in 1984. Their careers continued through to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, when they were still good enough to make the final of the k2 1000m. MacDonald took over the k1 from Ferguson in 1987 when he won the world title and he was third at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. MacDonald also represented New Zealand in surf lifesaving and captained a world surf lifesaving team in 1985.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1980 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic New Zealand DNS Representing New Zealand    
1984 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Ian Ferguson 1 Gold Representing New Zealand    
  Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic New Zealand 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing New Zealand    
  Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Ian Ferguson 1 Gold
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Ian Ferguson 2 Silver
1992 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Ian Ferguson 6 h2 r3/4 Representing New Zealand    
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Ian Ferguson 8

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 11 August 1984 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Final Round 3:02.28 1
1988 Summer Olympics 26 September 1988 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat Three 1:32.32 1
1988 Summer Olympics 27 September 1988 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 3:20.44 1

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