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David Cal

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDavid•Cal Figueroa
Used nameDavid•Cal
Born10 October 1982 in Cangas do Morrazo, Pontevedra (ESP)
Measurements183 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsClub de Mar Ría de Aldán, Pontevedra (ESP)
NOC Spain

Biography

In 2004, David Cal became the first canoer from Spain to win an Olympic title. A runner-up at the 2003 World Championships C-1 1,000, behind Andreas Dittmer, the roles were reversed in Athens as Cal defeated the German by half a second. In the 500 metres, the roles were reversed, with Cal taking the silver. Three years later, David Cal also collected his first World title, winning the C-1 500 in Duisburg, again ahead of Dittmer. A favorite for both canoe singles titles in Beijing, David Cal was the flagbearer of his team in the opening ceremonies. He returned home with two silver medals, finishing clearly behind Maksim Opalev and Attila Vajda, respectively. Cal’s most recent World Championship medal came in 2011, finishing second in the C-1 1,000.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2004 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ESP David Cal
Canadian Singles, 500 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ESP David Cal
Canadian Singles, 500 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ESP David Cal
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 23 August 2004 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 3:50.091 1
2004 Summer Olympics 27 August 2004 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Final Round 3:46.201 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony ESP David Cal
2008 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ESP David Cal

Special Notes