Lucien Delfour secured the single men’s K1 canoe slalom spot in Rio after a head-to-head battle with Australian Jaxon Merritt in the third Olympic nominations trial at the Oceania Championships in Penrith in February, 2016.
After a very strong 2015 season, Delfour ended the year at number three in the K1 world rankings. He was fifth at the 2014 world championships. The 2015 Australian Open champion produced three top 10 finishes in the ICF World Cup series, to finish second in the overall standings.
Born in Papeete in French Polynesia, he attended school in France before getting his degree in Industrial Maintenance in Pau, France. He moved to Australia in 2010 and became a citizen in 2014, however his second training base is still in Pau.
Although he grew up wanting to be a pilot, Delfour started canoeing in 1997 at age 8. He had his first international podium finish in 2006 when he won silver in the European Junior Championships in France.
He is based in Sydney and coached by French former World Champion and European Champion, Julien Billaut.
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Canoe/Kayak - Slalom
Papeete, French Polynesia
Penrith, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 7th (K1) – 2016 Oceania Championships (Penrith, Australia)
- 6th (K1) – 2016 Australian Open (Penrith, Australia)
- 7th (K1) – 2015 Aquece Rio International Test event, (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- 45th (K1) – 2015 ICF World Championships (London, Great Britain)
- 1st (K1) – 2015 Australian Open (Penrith, Australia)
- 5th place at the 2014 World Championships in Deep Creek, USA
- 2nd place in the overall 2015 World Cup series ranking
- 4x World Cup Medallist
- College de Geaune, France
- Lycee Saint Cricq, Pau France
- Industrial Maintenance, Immaculee conception Beau-Frene, Pau, France
Myriam Fox, 2010
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Thai Food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere outside of Penrith
- Favourite music
- Rock and electro
- Dream car
- Nissan GT-R
- Personal Motto
- I surround myself with better people. It gets me motivated and inspired.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Clay shooting
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Tony Estanguet's third Olympic gold medal
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My coach
- Why this sport?
- I didn't have a choice.