Benjamin BOUKPETI

トーゴ TOG

  • メダル
    1 B
  • 出場
    3
  • 初出場
    アテネ2004
  • 生年
    1981年
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Benjamin BOUKPETI

Born, raised and trained in France, slalom canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti opted to represent Togo, the country of his father, and claimed a historic first ever Olympic medal for the West African nation in the K-1 at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Rapids progress

Born in Lagny-sur-Marne in the suburbs of Paris to a Togolese father and a French mother, Benjamin Boukpeti enrolled at the local canoe and kayak club at the age of 10, where he was able to hone his slalom skills on the local river. Like his older brother, Olivier, who also went on to represent France, he fell in love with the sport, making rapid progress and set himself the challenge of competing at the highest level.

From Toulouse to Togo

Boukpeti relocated to the city of Toulouse to study at the local university and continue his canoe training. His progress in the latter was interrupted by a series of shoulder injuries that required two operations. Born in a country that boasted a large number of top international canoeists, in 2003 Boukpeti made the bold decision to represent Togo. From that point on, he devoted himself to the development of his discipline in Africa, and qualified to represent his adopted country at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The sole African competing at Olympic Whitewater Stadium in Helliniko, he reached the semi-finals of the K-1 and finished 18th in the final rankings.

A historic bronze

“I’ve set myself two objectives for the next Olympic cycle: to gain an MBA and reach the final at the Games in Beijing,” Boukpeti explained after Athens. Having achieved the first, he was then chosen to be the flag-bearer for Togo during the Opening Ceremony on 8 August 2008 at Beijing’s National Stadium. Four days later, at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, he recorded the best time in the K-1 semi-finals. By the end of his final run, he had secured the bronze medal behind Germany’s Alexander Grimm (gold) and France’s Fabien Lefèvre (silver). The ecstatic image of Togo’s first ever Olympic medallist brandishing the paddle that he had just snapped in two after crossing the finish, captured the hearts of people around the world.

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ロンドン2012

#10
Kayak Singles, Slalom
Kayak Singles, Slalom Canoeing
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北京2008

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Kayak Singles, Slalom
Kayak Singles, Slalom Canoeing
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アテネ2004

#18
Kayak Singles, Slalom
Kayak Singles, Slalom Canoeing