Sport: Canoe Slalom
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Highlights: Making the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Teams
Year Born: 1988
Place Born: French Polynesia
Born in Papeete in French Polynesia, Lucien Delfour or 'Lulu' as he is affectionately known, started canoeing in 1997 at age 8.
Delfour enjoyed both the slalom and downriver disciplines until he made the choice to focus solely on slalom as a 14-year-old.
He had his first international podium finish in 2006 when he won silver in the European Junior Championships in France and went on to make six World Cup podium appearances as a senior between 2012-2019.
In 2010, Delfour moved to Australia and four years later became an Australian citizen.
Training under Julien Billaut, he secured the single men’s Rio 2016 K1 canoe slalom spot after a head-to-head battle with Australian Jaxon Merritt at the 2016 Oceania Championships, but at the Games, he was eliminated in the heats after a controversial ruling that left him in 17th, two places outside of the semi-final quota.
17th...Huge disappointement for my first games, I did not make semi-final cut. The speed was there on the second run of heats, however the judges ruled a 50s penalty. I know from the bottom of my heart that I was clean. I feel absolutely cheated, but not by the sport. I still value the overall experience which has been incredible, and of course the support of my team. Thank you everyone, I really appreciated the support and the messages, before, and also after the race, it means a great deal to me. #rio2016🇧🇷 #ausolympicteam
The now 31-year-old is out for Olympic redemption, after successfully securing the only men's K1 spot for Tokyo 2020 after taking out gold at the 2020 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships and the 2020 Australian Open Canoe Slalom.