male Para canoeist Markus Swoboda

Markus Swoboda


Markus Swoboda made his international debut in 2010 and rapidly became one of the world’s best canoeists, winning six world titles in a row.

His World Championship winning streak came to an end when Australian Curtis McGrath defeated him in 2016 and again in 2017.

On the sport’s Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, Swoboda also had to settle for silver, 1.536 seconds behind McGrath.

He has continued to dominate at continental level though, winning the last two European KL2 titles.

The Euros were Swoboda’s first appearance back in 2010, where he won the silver medal in the 200m TA (trunk and arms, as the category was formerly known as).

A few months later, he sealed his first world title in Poznan, Poland, and went on to win every Worlds final until 2016.

Swoboda lost both legs at seven years old after an accident with a woodchip heating system. He discovered Para canoe at age 10, encouraged by his father, also an athlete.


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's KL2 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Men's KL2 Final 2016-09-15 2
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Va'a Single VL3 Heat 2 2021-09-02 9999
Men's Kayak Single KL2 Heat 1 2021-09-02 5
Men's Kayak Single KL2 Final A 2021-09-03 5
Men's Kayak Single KL2 Semifinal 2 2021-09-03 2