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Canoeing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 29, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: ESP Spain
Bronze: GDR East Germany

Summary

Hungary, East Germany, and Spain had each won the K-4 1000 at one of the last three editions of the World Championships, while the Soviet Union was the reigning Olympic champion and brought one of its defending title-holders, Yuriy Filatov, to the 1976 Summer Olympics. Spain defeated the Soviet Union in the first opening heat, setting an Olympic record in the process, but East Germany and Romania were only 0.29 and 0.42 seconds behind respectively in winning their own heats. Hungary, meanwhile, was fourth in East Germany’s heat and only advanced through the repêchage. It performed better in the semi-finals, coming in second in East Germany’s heat, with the Soviet Union besting Romania in its own heat and Spain taking a third. The final ended with an exciting battle between the Soviet Union and Spain, the former of whom came out with gold by a margin of 0.26 seconds. Spain would have to wait until 2004 to earn its first Olympic canoeing title, but the nation’s silver was its first Olympic canoeing medal. East Germany, meanwhile, took bronze 0.59 seconds ahead of Romania, giving Rüdiger Helm his third medal of the Games: he won the K-1 1000 and was the bronze medalist in the K-1 500.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Spain ESP Silver
3 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Romania ROU
5 Poland POL
6 Norway NOR
7 Bulgaria BUL
8 Hungary HUN
9 West Germany FRG
4 h1r3/4 Canada CAN
4 h2r3/4 Australia AUS
4 h3r3/4 Belgium BEL
5 h1r3/4 Sweden SWE
5 h2r3/4 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3r3/4 Great Britain GBR
4 h1r2/4 United States USA
4 h2r2/4 Italy ITA
5 h1r2/4 Finland FIN
5 h2r2/4 Ireland IRL
6 h1r2/4 Hong Kong HKG