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Canoeing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Regatta Course, Oberschleißheim, München
Date Started: September 5, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972

Gold: ROU Ivan Patzaichin
Silver: HUN Tamás Wichmann
Bronze: FRG Detlef Lewe

Summary

Hungarian Tibor Tatai was the reigning Olympic and World Champion, as well as the last European bronze medalist (the tournament had been discontinued after 1969), but he left the job of defending Hungary’s title at the 1972 Summer Games to Tamás Wichmann, the final European Champion. Poland’s Jerzy Opara and Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Čtvrtečka, the most recent World silver and bronze medalists respectively, were present in Munich, as was West Germany’s Detlef Lewe, the defending Olympic runner-up. Lewe and Wichmann won the opening heats, with the latter doing so in the faster time and sending Čtvrtečka to the repêchage in the process. The final round, however, was dominated by Ivan Patzaichin of Romania, who set his second Olympic record of the Games as he won the gold medal, his first having come in the repêchage. Wichmann came in for silver over three and a half seconds later, while Lewe took bronze. Patzaichin, a 1968 Olympic champion in the C-2 1000, also won silver in that event in Munich.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ivan Patzaichin 22 Romania ROU Gold OB
2 Tamás Wichmann 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Detlef Lewe 33 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Dirk Weise 20 East Germany GDR
5 Vasyl Yurchenko 22 Soviet Union URS
6 Boris Lyubenov 25 Bulgaria BUL
7 Jiří Čtvrtečka 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Roberto Altamirano 27 Mexico MEX
9 Jerzy Opara 24 Poland POL
4 h1r2/3 Jean-François Millot 27 France FRA
5 h1r2/3 John Wood 22 Canada CAN
6 h1r2/3 András Törő 32 United States USA
7 h1r2/3 Tetsumasa Yamaguchi 25 Japan JPN