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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


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 h1 r3/4 John Southwood 29 Australia AUS
4 h2 r3/4 Ion Dragulschi 22 Romania ROU
4 h3 r3/4 Günther Pfaff 33 Austria AUT
5 h1 r3/4 Don Cooper 23 New Zealand NZL
5 h2 r3/4 Dean Oldershaw 26 Canada CAN
5 h3 r3/4 Edicto Gilbert 27 Cuba CUB
6 h1 r3/4 N'Gama 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h2 r3/4 John Oliver 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r3/4 Howard Watkins 20 Ireland IRL
4 h1 r2/4 Mauro Chiostri 24 Italy ITA
4 h2 r2/4 Hermelindo Soto 22 Mexico MEX
4 h3 r2/4 Robert Mitchell 23 United States USA
5 h2 r2/4 Bernd Guse 31 West Germany FRG
5 h3 r2/4 Tadamasa Sato 31 Japan JPN
AC h1 r1/4 Vasil Chilingirov 21 Bulgaria BUL