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Bruce Merritt

Full name: Bruce Perry Merritt
Country: USA United States
Sport: Canoeing

Biography

Bruce Merritt competed in C1 and C2 canoeing at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He also competed at the 1987 Pan American Games, winning gold in C1-1,000 and bronze in C2-500. Merritt attended St. Mary’s College where he competed on their canoe and kayak team. After the 1984 Olympics the school awarded him their Ark & Dove Award. Merritt was on the US national team from 1981-88, competing at the 1981-83 and 1985-87 World Championships. He later coached the US national team until returning to college at age 34 at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) to earn his degree. He started working in quality assurance in 1994, starting in the scrap metal industry, and from 1998 onwards was a quality assurance manager, working with Pyromation, a manufacturer of temperature sensors, from 2002.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres United States USA 7
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres United States USA 9
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres United States USA 4 h1 r3/4
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres United States USA 5 h2 r3/4

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2.5cT 2.5cR 5cT 5cR 7.5cT 7.5cR 2.5-5cT 2.5-5cR 5-7.5cT 5-7.5cR 7.5c-1kT 7.5c-1kR
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing United States Final Round 7 4:18.17 1:01.69 6 2:06.34 6 3:12.83 6 1:04.65 7 1:06.49 7 1:05.34 7
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing United States Round One Heat Two 3 Q 4:22.59 1:02.67 4 2:08.70 4 3:14.30 3 1:06.03 4 1:05.60 3 1:08.29 3
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 4:16.51 1:01.69 4 2:05.56 4 3:11.61 4 1:03.87 4 1:06.05 4 1:04.90 4
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States Repêchage Heat One 3 Q 4:41.75 1:00.81 3 2:08.12 3 3:21.27 3 1:07.31 3 1:13.15 4 1:20.48 3
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States Round One Heat One 6 4:17.73 1:00.48 5 2:04.08 5 3:08.93 6 1:03.60 6 1:04.85 6 1:08.80 6

Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing United States USA J. Bret Young Final Round 1984-08-10
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing United States USA J. Bret Young Repêchage 1984-08-08
1984 Summer Los Angeles Canoeing United States USA J. Bret Young Round One Heat One 1984-08-06
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States USA Rod McLain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1988-09-28
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States USA Rod McLain Repêchage Heat One 1988-09-26
1988 Summer Seoul Canoeing United States USA Rod McLain Round One Heat Three 1988-09-26
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