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Canoeing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Lake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Date Started: August 7, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: NZL Alan Thompson
Silver: YUG Milan Janić
Bronze: USA Greg Barton


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 undeniable in the men’s K-1 1000, for the defending Olympic and four-time World Champion [Rüdiger Helm] of East Germany was absent, as was the most recent runner-up, [Artūras Vieta] of the Soviet Union. This left three major contenders at the Games: [Alan Thompson] of New Zealand, the 1982 World runner-up and 1983 bronze medalist, Norway’s [Einar Rasmussen], the 1978 World runner-up and 1981 and 1982 bronze medalist, and [Vasile Dîba], a four-time Olympic and seven-time World medalist across various disciplines, who was representing 1981 World runner-up Romania.

Of these three men, only Thompson won his heat, with Dîba and Rasmussen coming in third in heats won by France’s [Philippe Boccara] and Yugoslavia’s [Milan Janić], the 1978 World runner-up, respectively. Boccara and Thompson captured their heats in the semi-finals, with the latter helping to eliminate Rasmussen in the process, while Janić and Dîba were second and third behind Great Britain’s [Stephen Jackson]. In the medal, Thompson won the gold medal without too much difficulty, while Janić had to stave off a challenge from American [Greg Barton] to win silver with only half of a second to spare. Barton came in for a surprise third-place finish, while Boccara, Dîba, and Jackson were sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively. Thompson would go on to become a double Olympic champion at the Games by helping his nation win the K-4 1000 later in the day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alan Thompson 25 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Milan Janić 27 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Greg Barton 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Karl Sundqvist 21 Sweden SWE
5 Peter Genders 25 Australia AUS
6 Philippe Boccara 25 France FRA
7 Vasile Dîba 30 Romania ROU
8 Stephen Jackson 27 Great Britain GBR
9 Pedro Alegre 22 Spain ESP
4 h1 r3/4 Toon De Brauwer 20 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r3/4 Paolo Carraro 20 Italy ITA
4 h3 r3/4 Christoph Wolf 23 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r3/4 Alan Thomson 23 Canada CAN
5 h2 r3/4 Atilio Vásquez 24 Argentina ARG
5 h3 r3/4 Ian Pringle 31 Ireland IRL
6 h1 r3/4 Veli-Pekka Harjola 21 Finland FIN
6 h2 r3/4 Einar Rasmussen 28 Norway NOR
5 h1 r2/4 Tsoi Ngai Wan 24 Hong Kong HKG
5 h2 r2/4 Adogon Cote d'Ivoire CIV