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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 27, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: URS Ivans Klementjevs
Silver: GDR Jörg Schmidt
Bronze: BUL Nikolay Bukhalov

Summary

Ivans Klementjevs had been the most successful canoeist in the C-1 1000 over the last three World Championships, with gold in 1985, silver in 1986, and bronze in 1987, and was the favorite to take the title at the 1988 Summer Olympics, but he would not go unchallenged. Romania’s Aurel Macarencu, the 1986 World Champion and 1985 bronze medalist, was present in Seoul while the reigning World Champion, Olaf Heukrodt of East Germany, elected to compete in his speciality, the C-1 500, instead, leaving 1982 World Champion Jörg Schmidt to represent his nation. Schmidt and Klementjevs won their opening heats, with Macarencu coming in third to the Soviet and Canada’s Larry Cain, the 1984 Olympic C-1 500 champion and the reigning Olympic runner-up in the C-1 1000. In the semi-finals, Macarencu defeated Schmidt, while Klementjevs and Cain took the other heats. Klementjevs took charge in the final and won gold by over three seconds, while Schmidt captured silver by almost the same margin. Bulgaria’s Nikolay Bukhalov, the 1986 World bronze medalist in the C-1 500, took bronze by almost two seconds over Cain.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ivans Klementjevs 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Jörg Schmidt 27 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Nikolay Bukhalov 21 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Larry Cain 25 Canada CAN
5 Aurel Macarencu 25 Romania ROU
6 Imre Pulai 20 Hungary HUN
7 Peter Páleš 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Ivan Šabjan 26 Yugoslavia YUG
9 Eric Jamieson 28 Great Britain GBR
4 h1r3/4 Bruce Merritt United States USA
4 h2r3/4 Francisco López 23 Spain ESP
AC h3r3/4 Jan Pinczura 27 Poland POL
4 h1r2/4 Hiroyuki Izumi 23 Japan JPN
4 h2r2/4 Timo Grönlund 34 Finland FIN
5 h2r2/4 Jang Yeong-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR