Ben Fouhy

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Ben Fouhy
Medal record
Representing Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2004 Athens K-1 1000 m
Canoe Sprint World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003 Gainesville K-1 1000 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006 Szeged K-1 1000 m
Men's canoe marathon
Canoe Marathon World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005 Perth K-1 marathon

Ben Fouhy (born 4 March 1979, in Taumarunui) is a New Zealand flatwater and marathon canoeist who has been competing since the early 2000s. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won the silver in the K-1 1000 m event at Athens in 2004, as well as finishing fourth in the 2008 Olympics and ninth in the 2012 Olympics in the same event. He is the recipient of the 2003 Halberg Award for NZ Sportsman of the Year and a former world record holder in the K1 1000m event.

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Career history

Fouhy began kayaking competitively in 2002, following a background in multi-sport events. He discovered an aptitude for paddling after increasing his kayak training to improve his overall multisport performance.

After a handful of domestic wins Fouhy, an unknown on the international field at the time, took a surprise gold medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Gainesville, Georgia, USA, after which he won several Sportsperson of the Year titles including the coveted Halberg Award.

The following year, at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Fouhy achieved New Zealand’s first medal in Kayaking since the 1980s.

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Awards
Preceded by
Craig Perks
New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Hamish Carter