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Canoeing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Virgilio Uribe Olympic Course, Canal de Cuemanco, Xochimilco
Date Started: October 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 25, 1968

Gold: HUN Mihály Hesz
Silver: URS Oleksandr Shaparenko
Bronze: DEN Erik Hansen

Summary

There was a strong field for the K-1 1000 at the 1968 Summer Olympics that included Oleksandr Shaparenko of the Soviet Union, the reigning European and World Champion, Sweden’s Rolf Peterson, the defending Olympic champion, and Erik Hansen of Denmark, who was the 1960 Olympic and 1963 European and World Champion, as well as the 1966 World and 1967 European runner-up and the 1961 European bronze medalist. Also in contention was Hungary’s Mihály Hesz, the 1964 Olympic runner-up and 1965 European bronze medalist. The opening heats were won by Peterson, Hansen, and Władysław Szuszkiewicz of Poland, while Shaparenko was runner-up to Szuszkiewicz and Hesz was third behind Peterson and Andrei Conţolenco of Romania. The results were similar in the semi-finals, except that Hesz was now third behind Hansen and Shaparenko. These efforts against such a strong field, however, perhaps tired the heat winners, as they did not perform as well in the medal round. The Hungarian mustered his reserves of strength in the final and took the gold medal with nearly a second to spare over the Soviet canoeist, who in turn was nearly a second in front of Hansen, while the rest of the competitors were far behind. In addition to his silver medal in this event, Shaparenko also earned gold in the K-2 1000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mihály Hesz 24 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Oleksandr Shaparenko 22 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Erik Hansen 28 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Władysław Szuszkiewicz 29 Poland POL
5 Rolf Peterson 24 Sweden SWE
6 Václav Mára 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Andrei Conţolenco 30 Romania ROU
8 Wolfgang Lange 30 East Germany GDR
9 Paul Hoekstra 23 Netherlands NED
4 h1r3/4 Rolf Olsen 30 Norway NOR
4 h2r3/4 Marc Moens 25 Belgium BEL
4 h3r3/4 John Glair 26 United States USA
5 h1r3/4 José María Colon 21 Spain ESP
5 h2r3/4 John Glavin 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h3r3/4 Adrian Powell 27 Australia AUS
6 h1r3/4 Gabor Joo 31 Canada CAN
6 h2r3/4 Jouko Viitamäki 19 Finland FIN
6 h3r3/4 Horst Mattern 24 West Germany FRG
4 h2r2/4 Fidel Santander 21 Mexico MEX
4 h3r2/4 Jérôme Dogo Gaye 28 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
AC h1r1/4 Fernando Inchauste 38 Bolivia BOL