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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 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: GDR Olaf Heukrodt
Silver: URS Michał Śliwiński
Bronze: BUL Martin Marinov

Summary

East Germany’s Olaf Heukrodt was a five-time World Champion in the C-1 500 (1981, 1982, 1985-1987), as well as the 1980 Olympic bronze medalist, and likely would have taken gold in 1984 had his nation not been part of the Soviet-led boycott. He was a strong favorite at the 1988 Games, but he lost his heat to the Soviet Union’s Mykhailo Slivinsky, who set an Olympic record, as well as Martin Marinov of Bulgaria, the 1987 World runner-up in the C-1 1000. Attila Szabó of Hungary, the 1987 World bronze medalist in the C-1 500, took the other heat, while a third was not held due to the withdraw of three nations from the event. Slivinsky was again the fastest in the semi-finals, helping to eliminate Larry Cain, the defending Olympic champion from Canada, while Heukrodt and Marinov won the other heats. The final got started after four false starts, with Heukrodt leading the entire race and winning the gold medal. Slivinsky and Marinov attempted to close the gap, but were unsuccessful, with the Soviet capturing silver ahead of the Bulgarian by the slimmest of margins: 0.01 seconds. This was not Heukrodt’s only success in Seoul, as he was also runner-up in the C-2 1000 the next day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olaf Heukrodt 26 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Michał Śliwiński 18 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Martin Marinov 20 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Attila Szabó 25 Hungary HUN
5 Jan Pinczura 27 Poland POL
6 Aurel Macarencu 25 Romania ROU
7 Narciso Suárez 28 Spain ESP
8 Petr Procházka 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Eric Jamieson 28 Great Britain GBR
4 h1r3/4 Larry Cain 25 Canada CAN
4 h2r3/4 Jim Terrell 23 United States USA
4 h3r3/4 Ivan Šabjan 26 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2r3/4 Jang Yeong-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR
5 h3r3/4 Timo Grönlund 34 Finland FIN
4 h1r2/4 Yasunobu Kanada 25 Japan JPN