Born in 1983, Shaun Rubenstein was South African age group champion in both judo and triathlon while growing up. But once he had tried his hand at canoeing, there was no going back. The Johannesburg paddler has competed in all forms of the sport and is now focusing on representing South Africa in sprint canoeing at next year's Olympic Games in Beijing. He has dominated at a national level, winning all the K1 sprint races except the 200m at this year's sprint championships at Nagle Dam. But his greatest achievement to date has been winning the World Marathon Championships in September last year in the K1 category � and then going on to take silver at the same competition in the K2 with partner Shaun Biggs. Rubenstein had also previously paddled his way to a bronze medal at the World Marathon Championships in 2001. Last year, he made it into the highly competitive 1 000m K1 final, where he finished eighth overall.

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