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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: NZL New Zealand
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: HUN Hungary

Summary

New Zealand’s Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald were the 1984 Olympic and 1985 World Champions in the men’s K-2 500, as well as the 1987 World runners-up, and were favorites to defend their crown at the 1988 Summer Games. They were certain to encounter challenges from West Germany’s Reiner Scholl and Thomas Pfrang, the 1986 World Champions, and 1987 World Champion Hungary, who was represented in Seoul by Attila Ábrahám and Ferenc Csipes. New Zealand and West Germany met in the heats, with the former emerging victorious in Olympic record time. The other heats were won by Hungary and Ihor Nahaiev and Viktor Denisov, who were sent by the Soviet Union, the 1985 and 1986 World bronze medalist nation. West Germany posted the fastest time in the semi-finals, defeating the Soviet Union in the process, while Hungary and New Zealand took the other heats. In the medal round, the race to the finish was an exciting four-way battle between these nations, with New Zealand, the Soviet Union, Hungary, and West Germany all crossing in that order within 0.42 seconds of one another. Each of the medalists from this event would go on to claim more Olympic glory at the Games: the New Zealanders would be runners-up in the K-2 1000, the Hungarians would become Olympic champions in the K-4 1000, while the Soviets would claim silver in that event.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 West Germany FRG
5 Romania ROU
6 Poland POL
7 East Germany GDR
8 United States USA
9 Italy ITA
4 h1r3/4 Canada CAN
4 h2r3/4 France FRA
4 h3r3/4 Australia AUS
5 h1r3/4 Spain ESP
5 h2r3/4 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3r3/4 Finland FIN
6 h1r3/4 Great Britain GBR
6 h2r3/4 Ireland IRL
5 h1r2/4 South Korea KOR
5 h2r2/4 China CHN
6 h1r2/4 Argentina ARG
6 h2r2/4 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
AC h3r1/4 Sweden SWE