FACTBOX-Olympics-Canoeing-Gold medallist Michal Martikan

Aug 12 (Reuters) - Factbox on Michael Martikan of Slovakia who won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s canoe single on Tuesday.

Age: 29 (date of birth: May 18, 1979)

Place of birth: Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

Career achievements:

Gold medallist at World Championships in 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2007 (individual) and 1997 and 2003 (team)

Previous Olympic result:

Gold medallist at 1996 Olympics (canoe single)

Silver medallist at 2000 Olympics (canoe single)

Silver medallist at 2004 Olympics (canoe single)

Martiken became the first ever Olympic champion from the independent nation of Slovakia in 1996. In 1995, at the age of 16, he became the youngest ever canoe slalom World Cup winner. (Compiled by Nigel Hunt, Editing by Padraic Halpin) (For more stories visit our multimedia Beijing websitehere; and see our blog at