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Ian Ferguson

Full name: Ian Gordon Ferguson
Nickname(s): Ferg
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: July 20, 1952 in Taumarunui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Father of Steven Ferguson.

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

When Ian Ferguson first competed at an Olympic Games in 1976 and even again when he was one of the tiny team in Moscow in 1980, few would have seen him as one of New Zealand's greatest sportsmen. Yet that's what he became – two gold medals (K1 and K2 500 m) in one day in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, then another the next day (K4 1000 m). Four years later, in Seoul, there was another gold medal (K2 500 m), plus a silver (K2 1000 m). At the Flatwater World Championships he won five medals: gold 1985 K2 500 m and 1987 K2 1000 m, silver 1983 K1 500 m, 1987 K2 500 m, and 1990 K2 10000 m. In all the K2 events he partnered with Paul MacDonald. Ferguson also won gold and silver competing for New Zealand in surf lifesaving. A son, Steven Ferguson, competed in swimming at the 2000 Games and in kayaking in 2004 and 2008.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 4 h2r2/4
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 7
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres New Zealand NZL 8
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres New Zealand NZL 1 Gold OB
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres New Zealand NZL 2 Silver
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres New Zealand NZL 6 h2r3/4
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres New Zealand NZL 8

Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Canoeing New Zealand Repêchage Heat Two 4 1:53.65
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Canoeing New Zealand Round One Heat Three 4 1:59.18
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Final Round 7 1:47.36
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:46.87
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Round One Heat Three 3 QU 1:46.02
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand Final Round 1 1:47.84
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:48.00
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:49.32

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Final Round 8 3:53.78
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 3:54.05
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Repêchage Heat One 3 QU 3:54.46
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Canoeing New Zealand Round One Heat One 6 3:59.07

Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Final Round 1984-08-10 1:34.21
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Semi-Finals Heat One 1984-08-08 1:36.10
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Round One Heat One 1984-08-06 1:36.82
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Final Round 1988-09-30 1:33.98
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Semi-Finals Heat Three 1988-09-28 1:33.81
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Round One Heat Three 1988-09-26 1:32.32
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Semi-Finals Heat Two 1992-08-05 1:31.02
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Repêchage Heat One 1992-08-03 1:32.28
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Round One Heat Two 1992-08-03 1:36.43

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Final Round 1988-10-01 3:32.71
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Semi-Finals Heat Two 1988-09-29 3:23.13
1988 Summer 36 Seoul Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Round One Heat Two 1988-09-27 3:20.44
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Final Round 1992-08-08 3:26.84
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Semi-Finals Heat Two 1992-08-06 3:19.89
1992 Summer 40 Barcelona Canoeing New Zealand NZL Paul MacDonald Round One Heat Three 1992-08-04 3:18.47

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Final Round 1984-08-11 3:02.28
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Semi-Finals Heat One 1984-08-09 3:05.67
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Canoeing New Zealand NZL Round One Heat One 1984-08-07 3:05.99
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