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Hugh Fisher

Full name: Hugh Fisher
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: October 1, 1955 in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Affiliations: False Creek Racing Canoe Club, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

New Zealand-born Hugh Fisher moved to Canada at the age of 10 and took up canoeing as a teenager. By 1976 he was Canadian champion in the K2-500 and K4-500 and a member of the national team, eliminated in the semifinals of the K4-1000 at the 1976 Summer Olympics (alongside Jean Fournel, Peter Patasi, and Lou Tollas. He set his sights on the 1980 Summer Olympics, but Canada’s boycott of the Games forced him to stay home, while a wrist injury took him out of contention during the 1981 season. He returned in 1982 with Alwyn Morris and took silver in the K2-1000 at the World Championships. They captured bronze in the K2-500 at the tournament the following year and then travelled to the 1984 Summer Olympics, where they won gold in the K2-1000 and bronze in the K2-500.

Following the Games Fisher entered medical school, but this did not stop the duo from qualifying for the 1988 Summer Olympics, where they were eliminated in the semifinals of the K2-500. Fisher retired from active competition shortly after, but made a brief comeback in the early 1990s in an attempt to qualify for the 1992 Games. When he failed to do so, he retired for good and became a practicing physician, although he also found time to take on coaching at the provincial level. In addition to being named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1985, he was inducted into the British Columbia (1985) and Canada’s (2000) Sports Halls of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 4 h1r3/4
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 1 Gold OB
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canada CAN 4 h1r3/4

Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Final Round 1984-08-10 1:35.41
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Semi-Finals Heat Two 1984-08-08 1:35.45
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Round One Heat Two 1984-08-06 1:36.30
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Semi-Finals Heat One 1988-09-28 1:36.00
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Repêchage Heat One 1988-09-26 1:43.03
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Round One Heat One 1988-09-26 1:39.39

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Final Round 1984-08-11 3:24.22
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Semi-Finals Heat One 1984-08-09 3:29.09
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Canoeing Canada CAN Alwyn Morris Round One Heat One 1984-08-07 3:29.21

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1976-07-31 3:14.49
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Repêchage Heat Two 1976-07-29 3:11.55
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1976-07-29 3:19.17
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