Ken Wallace

Ken Wallace

Canoe/Kayak - Sprint Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:12 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Four 1000m Final A

3:06.731 (4th)

AUS


Germany (GER)
Slovakia (SVK)
Czech Republic (CZE)

(Local) / 10:51 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Four 1000m Semifinal 1

2:58.222 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 09:51 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Four 1000m Heat 1

2:55.666 (3rd)

AUS


(Local) / 09:08 AM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Final A

3:12.593 (3rd)

AUS


Germany (GER)
Serbia (SRB)
Australia (AUS)

(Local) / 10:26 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Semifinal 1

3:16.635 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 09:08 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Heat 2

3:23.019 (2nd)

AUS


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Athlete Biography

Ken Wallace will be aiming for his third Olympic medal at his third Games in Rio after being selected in the K2 1000m and K4 1000m. Wallace, who placed fourth in London in the K2 1000m, is paired with Lachlan Tame in Rio.

Wallace's participation in the K4 1000m will be his fourth different event, since his Beijing Olympic debut.

Wallace made history by winning gold and bronze medals in the 500m and 1000m single kayak events respectively at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He was the first Australian to win medals in both Olympic forms of individual paddling at the same Games. In his 500m gold-medal final, he defeated Canada’s Olympic champion Adam van Koeverden, unbeaten in the event since 2006.

With the K1 500m no longer on the Olympic program, Wallace remains the reigning Olympic champion and Olympic record holder in the event. After his 2008 win he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and he was Australia’s most successful male athlete at the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Gold Coast lifeguard stood on the podium 11 times in 2015 during the ICF World Series, often with his K2 teammate, Tame.

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Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 4th (K2 1000m) 2008 Bejing - 1st (K1 500m); 3rd (K1 1000m)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (K4 1000) – 2016 National Sprint Championships (Perth, Australia)
  • 1st (K4 1000) – 2016 Oceania Sprint Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (K2 1000) – 2016 Oceania Sprint Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 2nd (K2 1000) – 2015 ICF World Championships (Milan, Italy)
  • 1st (K2 1000) – 2015 ICF World Cup 1 (Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
  • Winning 5 x Taplin Relays in a row with Tugun Surf Club

Education

  • Primary
    Marymount Primary School (QLD, Australia) / St Cecilias Primary School Wyong, (NSW, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Marymount College (QLD, Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Jimmy Owens (2000 - current)
  • Institute/Academy
    AIS / QAS
  • Primary Training Base
    Gold Coast, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Szolnok, Hungary

Q&A

Favourite food
Dad's homemade meat pie
Favourite holiday destination
Bali
Favourite music
Anything I can adapt to racing
Dream car
Audi Q7 or Holden Club Sport
Personal Motto
Winners always want the ball when the game's on the line!
Star Sign
Leo
I would spend my last $10 on
Whatever makes me happy
Tattoos/Piercings
Olympic Rings on right forearm
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Swimming
First Olympic Memory?
NO PAIN, NO SPAIN