Ian Marsden

Ian Marsden

Athlete Information

  • Region


  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    K1 KL1

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Ian achieved a personal best time to win a Bronze medal in the KL1 200m event in a thrilling photo finish at Para canoe’s debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He is also the 2017 European silver medallist and was 4th at the World Championships the same year.

Ian attended a talent ID day for Paracanoe in late 2012 where he was selected for the programme. He has since excelled, becoming a medallist at both European and World Championships since 2013. He is the 2015 European Champion and 2014 World silver medallists in K1 200m KL1.

Ian started out as a non-disabled athlete representing Great Britain at Powerlifting and is a former European and World Powerlifting Champion and holder of three World Records. After a sporting accident in 1992, he became a wheelchair user and had spells as a hand cyclist and in Para shooting before enjoying success paddling.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro)

  • KL1 200m: Bronze

2019 European Championships Poznan, Poland

  • KL1 200m: Bronze

2017 European Championships Plovdiv, Bugaria

  • KL1 200m: Silver

2015 European Championships, Racice, Czech Republic

  • KL1 200m: Gold

2014 World Championships, Moscow, Russia

  • K1 200m A: Silver

2014 European Championships, Brandenburg, Gemany

  • K1 200m A: Gold

2013 World Championships, Duisburg, Germany

  • K1 200m A: Silver

2013 European Championships, Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal

  • K1 200m A: Silver

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