Joe Clarke (canoeist)

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Joseph Clarke
MBE
Joe Clarke 2016.jpg
Personal information
Born (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 25)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Education Alleyne's Academy
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport
Sport Canoe slalom
Event(s) K1
Club Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

Joseph "Joe" Clarke, MBE (born 3 November 1992)[2] is a British slalom canoeist who has competed at the international level since 2009, specializing in the K1 event. He is the 2016 Olympic champion in the K1 event[3] and has won medals in team events at World and European Championships.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.[2] He first tried canoeing during a trip with The Scout Association at the age of eight.[4] He then applied to join the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, but was rejected for being too young.[5] He was given the chance to reapply through his school's canoeing club, but as they only had eight places available which were greatly oversubscribed he was required to write a letter to demonstrate why he deserved a place.[6] His application was successful and he began training with the club, competing in his first race in 2004 at the age of 11.[5]

Clarke attended Alleyne's Academy secondary school.[7] At the age of 15 he contracted bacterial meningitis which caused an abscess behind one eye. He was in hospital for two weeks and was treated with intravenous antibiotics, after which he made a full recovery.[8]

Career[edit]

Clarke made his debut for the British junior team in 2009,[5] winning junior European Championship silver medals in the K1 team event in 2009 and 2010.[9] He has trained at the Lee Valley White Water Centre since 2012.[10]

He won a European Championship under-23 silver medal in the individual K1 in 2013, and World Championship silver medals in the under-23 team event in 2013 and 2014.[9] At senior level, he won two bronze medals in the K1 team event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, earning them in 2014 and 2015. He also won two silver medals in the same event at the 2014 and 2015 European Championships.[9]

Clarke was selected for the 2016 Summer Olympics after winning the individual K1 at the British selection trials in October 2015.[7] At the Olympics he qualified for the final of the K1 event with the third fastest time in the semifinal. He won gold in the final with a time of 88.53 seconds,[11] the first time a British competitor had won gold in this event.[12]

Clarke was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to canoeing.[13]

In 2018, Clarke guest starred in the third episode of the fourth series of the CBBC children cooking show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch.[14]

World Cup individual podiums[edit]

Season Date Venue Position Event
2014 16 Aug 2014 Augsburg 2nd K1
2018 24 Jun 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš 3rd K1
1 Jul 2018 Kraków 1st K1

Results[edit]

2009[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
22–26 July Junior European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 110.28 108.97 108.97 27[15]
K1 Men Team Heat N/A 121.97 4[15]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 115.45 2[15]

2010[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
8–11 July Junior World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 102.40 101.18 101.18 3[16]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 122.79 30[16]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 116.40 5[16]
4–7 August Junior European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 98.23 96.97 96.97 4[17]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 104.88 16[17]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 115.02 2[17]

2011[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
1–3 July World Cup Race 2 K1 Men Individual Heat 102.40 103.92 102.40 44[18]
14–17 July U23 European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 97.84 100.54 97.84 15[19]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 101.60 18[19]
K1 Men Team Semi-final N/A 106.02 2[19]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 117.73 6[19]
~ World Cup Final Standings K1 Men Individual N/A 117[20]

2012[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
11–15 July U23 World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 115.37 unknown 30[21]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 108.96 12[21]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 131.15 10[21]
6–9 September U23 European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 113.38 111.02 111.02 8[22]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 105.12 5[22]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 107.60 7[22]
K1 Men Team N/A 128.61 9[22]

2013[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
6–9 June European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat N/A 85.76 8[23]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 138.07 13[23]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 103.24 7[23]
21–23 June World Cup Race 1 K1 Men Individual unknown
K1 Men Team Final N/A 107.85 4[24]
5–7 July World Cup Race 3 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 103.40 30[25]
K1 Men Team Final unknown
17–21 July U23 World Championship K1 Men Individual unknown 31[26]
K1 Men Team unknown 2[26]
30 July – 4 August U23 European Championship K1 Men Individual unknown 2[27]
K1 Men Team unknown 4[27]
16–18 August World Cup Race 4 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 112.05 29[28]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 125.27 8[28]
11–15 September World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 140.81 88.10 88.10 9[29]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 97.64 6[29]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 101.07 6[29]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 113.94 5[29]
~ World Cup Final Standings K1 Men Individual N/A 35[30]

2014[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
22–27 April U23 World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 95.06 94.44 94.44 9[31]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 100.93 11[31]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 106.32 2[31]
29 May – 1 June European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 87.52 136.35 87.52 13z[32]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 88.30 15[32]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 91.47 11[32]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 98.75 2[32]
6–8 June World Cup Race 1 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 97.88 11[33]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 108.71 1[34]
13–15 June World Cup Race 2 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 152.10 34[35]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 122.92 8[36]
20–22 June World Cup Race 3
K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final unknown
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 98.76 6[37]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 157.21 10[38]
1–3 August World Cup Race 4 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 97.68 24[39]
15–17 August World Cup Final K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final unknown
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 95.49 2[40]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 113.92 6[41]
17–21 Sep World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 101.05 204.40 101.05 19[42]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 156.36 36[42]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 123.24 3[42]
~ World Cup Final Standings K1 Men Individual N/A 4[43]

2015[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
28–31 May European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 94.91 unknown 1[44]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 95.14 3[44]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 96.16 8[44]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 108.01 2[44]
19–21 June World Cup Race 1 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final unknown
K1 Men Individual Final N/A DSQ-R 10[45]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 103.19 4[46]
26–28 June World Cup Race 2 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final unknown
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 82.48 4[47]
3–5 July World Cup Race 3 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 98.77 29[48]
K1 Men Team Final N/A DNS =16[49]
7–9 August World Cup Race 4 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final unknown
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 96.05 9[50]
14–16 August World Cup Final K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 100.23 18[51]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 106.48 2[52]
16–20 September World Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 81.47 unknown 2[53]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 142.57 38[53]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 106.38 3[53]
~ World Cup Final Standings K1 Men Individual N/A 7[54]

2016[edit]

Date Tournament Event Score Place
Run 1 Run 2 Best Run
13–15 May European Championship K1 Men Individual Heat 92.58 unknown 19[55]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 94.98 5[55]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 144.58 10[55]
K1 Men Team Final N/A 118.17 4[55]
10–12 June World Cup Race 2 K1 Men Individual Heat unknown
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 96.16 18[56]
7–11 August Olympic Games K1 Men Individual Heat 135.89 86.95 86.95 2[57]
K1 Men Individual Semi-final N/A 90.67 3[57]
K1 Men Individual Final N/A 88.53 1[57]
~ World Cup Final Standings K1 Men Individual N/A 61[58]

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