Sebastian Brendel (born 12 March 1988) is a German sprint canoeist who has competed since 2007. Brendel is the reigning Olympic champion in the C-1 1000 metres and C-2 1000 metres events.
He has won three medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a silver (C-4 500 m: 2007) and two bronzes (C-1 1000 m: 2009, 2010). He is the current world record holder in the C-1 1000m as of the 2014 ICF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Brendel won a Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympics in canoeing's C-1 1,000 metres event for his country. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, he defended successfully this title and added another one, at the C-2 1000 metres, together with Jan Vandrey. Germany won the gold medal in this category also in London, but with Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela.