Grant Bramwell, Ian Ferguson, Paul MacDonald and Alan Thompson win K4 1000m Gold, Los Angeles 1984

In 1984 the New Zealanders were a major force in world kayaking, and the Los Angeles Olympic Games that year were a gold medal feast for the New Zealanders, who won the K1 500 and 1000, the K2 500 and the K4 1000. Thompson said “Our K4 team – Ferguson, MacDonald, Grant Bramwell and me – was a very special combination. Even though kayaking technology has moved on light years since 1984, the times we recorded back then would have got us into many major finals for years afterwards,” said Thompson. The four won the final with a time of 3m 02.28s.

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