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Canoeing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 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: GDR Rüdiger Helm
Silver: HUN Géza Csapó
Bronze: ROU Vasile Dîba


Hungary’s [Géza Csapó] had many canoeing accolades, among which were victories in the K-1 1000 at the World Championships in 1973 and 1974 and an Olympic bronze medal from 1972, all of which made him a favorite to win gold in the event at the 1976 Summer Games. The most recent World Championships, however, had ended in a tie between Italy’s [Oreste Perri] and Poland’s [Grzegorz Śledziewski], the latter of whom was also the 1971 champion and the 1973 and 1974 runner-up. The Soviet Union’s [Oleksandr Shaparenko], meanwhile, was the defending Olympic champion and 1968 runner-up, while East Germany’s [Rüdiger Helm] was the most recent World bronze medalist. In the opening round, Perri, Helm, and Shaparenko won their heats, while Csapó and Śledziewski were runners-up to Perri and Shaparenko respectively. The tables turned in the semi-finals, when Helm and Shaparenko were second to Śledziewski and Csapó’s Olympic record-setting ties respectively, with Perri capturing the third heat. The final developed into a race to the finish between Csapó and Helm, the latter of whom edged out the former by 0.64 seconds, leaving the Hungarian with silver. Bronze was taken by [Vasile Dîba] of Romania, 1974 and 1975 World Champion and runner-up respectively in the K-1 500, who also won the K-1 500 in Montreal. Helm, meanwhile, also earned bronze medals in the K-1 500 and K-4 1000 at these Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rüdiger Helm 19 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Géza Csapó 25 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Vasile Dîba 21 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Oreste Perri 24 Italy ITA
5 Oleksandr Shaparenko 30 Soviet Union URS
6 Berndt Andersson 24 Sweden SWE
7 Doug Parnham 24 Great Britain GBR
8 Grzegorz Śledziewski 26 Poland POL
9 Ľubor Štark 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r3/4 Don Cooper 27 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r3/4 Reed Oldershaw 25 Canada CAN
4 h3 r3/4 Hannu Kojo 22 Finland FIN
5 h1 r3/4 David Gilman 21 United States USA
5 h2 r3/4 Fernando Betancourt 20 Spain ESP
5 h3 r3/4 Patrick Genestier 22 France FRA
6 h1 r3/4 Günther Pfaff 36 Austria AUT
6 h2 r3/4 Theo Claessens 27 Belgium BEL
6 h3 r3/4 Hans Eich 27 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r2/4 Mak Chi Wai 39 Hong Kong HKG