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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: POL Poland
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

Hungary’s [János Sarusi Kis] and [István Vaskuti], the latter of whom was a 1980 Olympic champion, had won the C-2 500 at the 1985 and 1986 World Championships, but the Polish duo of [Marek Dopierała] and [Marek Łbik], the 1985 runners-up, had stolen that title in 1987. Poland won its heat in the opening round, but Hungary came in third to [Alexander Schuck] and [Thomas Zereske] of East Germany and the Soviet Union’s [Victor Reneischi] and [Nicolae Juravschi]. Bulgaria’s [Deyan Bonev] and [Petar Bozhilov] took a third heat. East Germany won its heat again in the semi-finals, but Poland was defeated by the Soviet Union and Bulgaria came in third to Hungary and [Philippe Renaud] and [Joël Bettin] of France. The Soviet Union won the gold medal in the final in Olympic record time and became double Olympic champions the next day when they won the C-2 1000. The race for silver came down to a battle between France and Poland, with the latter emerging victorious by a margin of only 0.2 seconds. Poland too would win another Olympic medal in the C-2 1000, but theirs would be bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold OB
2 Poland POL Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Bulgaria BUL
5 East Germany GDR
6 Hungary HUN
7 Romania ROU
8 Denmark DEN
9 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r3/4 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r3/4 Spain ESP
4 h3 r3/4 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r3/4 Japan JPN
5 h2 r3/4 United States USA
5 h3 r3/4 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/4 China CHN
4 h2 r2/4 South Korea KOR