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Canoeing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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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

Gold: NZL Ian Ferguson
Silver: SWE Lars-Erik Moberg
Bronze: FRA Bernard Brégeon

Summary

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-1 500, for the defending Olympic and four-time World Champion Vladimir Parfenovich of the Soviet Union was absent, as were the East Germans, who had taken silver and bronze at the 1982 and 1983 Worlds respectively. This left three major contenders at the Games: New Zealand’s Ian Ferguson, the 1983 World runner-up, Lars-Erik Moberg of Sweden, the 1981 and 1982 World bronze medalist, and Romania’s Vasile Dîba who, among many international accolades, had been the 1976 Olympic champion and 1980 bronze medalist.

Dîba earned the opening round’s fastest time as he defeated Ferguson, while Moberg and Yugoslavia’s Milan Janić took the other heats. Ferguson then posted the fastest time in the semi-finals, besting Janić in the process, while Moberg came in second to France’s Bernard Brégeon in other heat and Dîba captured the third. As the crews approached the finish line in the medal round, Ferguson, Moberg, Brégeon, and Dîba were clustered together and finished in that order with less than a second between them. Brégeon would win another Olympic medal, silver, in the K-2 1000, while Ferguson and Moberg’s rivalry would continue into the K-2 500 and the K-4 1000, where the Swede would be runner-up twice more to the New Zealander.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ian Ferguson 32 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Lars-Erik Moberg 26 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Bernard Brégeon 22 France FRA Bronze
4 Vasile Dîba 30 Romania ROU
5 David Upson 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Daniele Scarpa 20 Italy ITA
7 Guillermo del Riego 25 Spain ESP
8 Reiner Scholl 23 West Germany FRG
9 Milan Janić 27 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h1r3/4 Terry White 28 United States USA
4 h2r3/4 Aviram Mizrahi 22 Israel ISR
4 h3r3/4 Einar Rasmussen 28 Norway NOR
5 h1r3/4 Scott Oldershaw 30 Canada CAN
5 h2r3/4 Felix Buser 26 Switzerland SUI
5 h3r3/4 Atilio Vásquez 24 Argentina ARG
6 h1r3/4 Toon De Brauwer 20 Belgium BEL
6 h2r3/4 Ian Pringle 31 Ireland IRL
5 h1r2/4 N'Gama 36 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2r2/4 Ng Hin Wan 26 Hong Kong HKG