The 23 year old from the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, based in Stone, takes a sensational gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics
At 23 years of age Joe Clarke has just completed what every sportsman dreams of, he took part in his first ever Olympic Games and comes home with top honours….GOLD! Having navigated his way through to the kayak K1 Semi Final Joe pulled out a clean and impressive run in the final to deny his nearest competitors the Olympic spoils.
Joe, from Stone, has risen through the British ranks to secure his Olympic selection. He joins fellow Staffordshire Olympian Adam Peaty in making Staffordshire the golden county of this Olympic Games.
- Joe Clarke (GB) 88.53 seconds – GOLD
- Peter Kauzer (SLO) 88.70 seconds – SI LVER
- Jiri Prskavev (CZE) 88.99 seconds – BRONZE
Ranked number 7 in the world Joe was seen as an outside chance heading in to the competition but despite this Joe beat the odds to use his power and control to masterfully execute his final run to put him in to 1st. It was an agonising wait as the final two canoeists took to the water but Joe’s run was too strong and he stood victorious at the top step of the podium.
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