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Canoeing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: URS Oleksandr Shaparenko
Silver: SWE Rolf Peterson
Bronze: HUN Géza Csapó

Summary

Despite the absence of the reigning Olympic champion from Hungary, whose nation was represented by Géza Csapó, there was a strong field in the K-1 1000 event at the 1972 Summer Olympics. The most prominent was probably Oleksandr Shaparenko of the Soviet Union, who, among his many international accolades, was the reigning World and final European champion (the tournament was discontinued after 1969) and 1968 Olympic runner-up. Also present were Sweden’s Rolf Peterson and Denmark’s Erik Hansen, the 1960 and 1964 Olympic champions respectively (Hansen was also the 1968 bronze medalist). Grzegorz Śledziewski of Poland, meanwhile, was the most recent World bronze medalist. The opening heats were won by Shaparenko, Ladislav Souček of Czechoslovakia, and Jean-Pierre Burny of Belgium, while Hansen only survived to the next round after going through the repêchage. The Dane made up for this in the semi-finals, however, by setting an Olympic record, while the other heats were won by Csapó and Shaparenko. The final developed into a dash towards the finish line between Peterson and Shaparenko, which the latter won in Olympic record time, albeit by a margin of only 0.29 seconds, to claim gold. Peterson settled for silver while Csapó came in just over a second latter to take bronze. Hansen, meanwhile, struggled in the medal round and finished seventh in his fourth and final Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oleksandr Shaparenko 26 Soviet Union URS Gold OB
2 Rolf Peterson 28 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Géza Csapó 21 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Jean-Pierre Burny 27 Belgium BEL
5 Ladislav Souček 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Joachim Mattern 24 East Germany GDR
7 Erik Hansen 32 Denmark DEN
8 Grzegorz Śledziewski 22 Poland POL
9 Ilkka Nummisto 28 Finland FIN
4 h1r3/4 John Southwood 29 Australia AUS
4 h2r3/4 Ion Dragulschi 22 Romania ROU
4 h3r3/4 Günther Pfaff 33 Austria AUT
5 h1r3/4 Don Cooper 23 New Zealand NZL
5 h2r3/4 Dean Oldershaw 26 Canada CAN
5 h3r3/4 Edicto Gilbert 27 Cuba CUB
6 h1r3/4 N'Gama 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h2r3/4 John Oliver 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h3r3/4 Howard Watkins 20 Ireland IRL
4 h1r2/4 Mauro Chiostri 24 Italy ITA
4 h2r2/4 Hermelindo Soto 22 Mexico MEX
4 h3r2/4 Robert Mitchell 23 United States USA
5 h2r2/4 Bernd Guse 31 West Germany FRG
5 h3r2/4 Tadamasa Sato 31 Japan JPN
AC h1r1/4 Vasil Chilingirov 21 Bulgaria BUL