,, Water is an element, you need to go with it, not against it. "

Matej Beňuš - SR representative slalom

The only Slovak representative in C1 at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. He won the silver medal.



Born: 2. 11. 1987 in Bratislava

Discipline: C1 - Canoe individuals

Sports: Water Slalom

Club: SKP Bratislava

Education: Sport gymnasium

Matej's aim: To produce the best performance


He started with the sport when he was about 11 years old in the canoe sprint, eventually switched to slalom. The first three years of driving he rode in two categories: canoe and kayak. He moved from the club Slavia UK because of better conditions to the Sport Club of Police, in the center of a State Sports Representation of the Ministry of Interior. He is a member of the national team since 2002, when he joined the junior national team. Currently is he a senior representative and represents Slovakia at all the top events in the category C1.



* Silver medal Olympics Rio de Janeiro

* Bronze in World Cup 2011

* 7-times World champion in the competition patrols

* 7-times European champion in the competition patrols

* Silver and bronze in the European Championships in 2010 and 2013

* 9th place in the prestigious Athlete of the Year 2015 in Slovakia

* 2-times overall World Cup winner in 2010 and 2015

* 2-times winner of the Slovak Cup in 2010 and 2012


Olympics 2012 and 2016

* In 2012, he was short in a fight with Michal Martikán and was the first alternate form London 2012 Olympics.

* In 2015, he won the World Cup and in the local Slovak qualification for the only one place he knocked out Michal Martikán and Alexander Slafkovský. Rio 2016 will be first Olympics in his career.