Joe Clarke Was The Most #Amazing Athlete At The Olympics Wednesday

The Brit overcame meningitis as a teenager to capture gold in the men's kayak single

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Aug 11, 2016 at 10:14 AM ET

Every Olympics there’s an athlete who had to travel a tougher road than most to achieve their Olympic dream, and in 2016 that athlete might be British kayaker Joe Clarke. The 23-year-old overcame a bout with meningitis when he was a teenager, in addition to what he calls “some really tough times in training,” to make the Olympics, and on Wednesday he shocked his sport by capturing the gold medal in the K1 canoe slalom by beating Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer by just 0.17 seconds.


Clarke’s win came on an especially strong day for Team Great Britain. Not an hour after Clarke’s win, synchronized divers Chris Mears and Jack Laugher won gold for Great Britain, the country’s first ever in diving. Gymnast Max Whitlock also took home a bronze medal in the men’s all-around event.

Vocativ analyzed millions of tweets about the Olympics and found that Clarke was the most #amazing performer on Wednesday, according to Twitter users. His name was mentioned 24,237 times between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.