Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Lake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Date Started: August 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984
Unlike the 1980 American-led boycott, which had had a limited impact on the canoeing events, the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics severely depleted the field in the sport. This was noticeable in the men’s C-2 500, as nations that had won two of the last edition’s medals and six of the last nine World Championship medals were absent. The favorites were the 1981 and 1983 World Champions [Matija Ljubek] and [Mirko Nišović] of Yugoslavia and they made short work of the competition in Los Angeles, winning their opening heat by a margin of almost a second and the final by just over two. The Romanian duo of [Toma Simionov] and [Ivan Patzaichin], who had numerous Olympic and World Champion medals between them, took silver, but the tables would be turned the following day when Ljubek and Nišović were runners-up to the Romanians in the C-2 1000. The battle for bronze was much more exciting, with France’s [Didier Hoyer] and [Éric Renaud] going neck and neck with Spain’s [Enrique Míguez] and [Narciso Suárez] across the finish line, with the latter capturing bronze by the slimmest margin possible: 0.01 seconds. Again, however, the situation would be more or less reversed in the C-2 1000, when France earned bronze and Spain was sixth.