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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Fours, 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: HUN Hungary
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GDR East Germany
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Zsolt Gyulay, Ferenc Csipes, László Fidel, and the non-Olympian Zoltán Kovács had won the men’s K-4 1000 at the last two editions of the World Championships, but the latter two did not attend the 1988 Summer Olympics and were replaced by Sándor Hódosi and Attila Ábrahám. Nonetheless they were still considered the favorites, particularly after Ábrahám and Csipes took bronze in the K-2 500 and Gyulay became Olympic champion in the K-1 500, and they had little trouble dispatching their opponents in round one, the semi-finals, and the finals to win gold. The Soviet Union captured silver and two members of their lineup, Ihor Nahaiev and Viktor Denisov, were also runners-up in the K-2 500. East Germany, meanwhile, took bronze with the help of Andreas Stähle, the K-1 500 runner-up, and André Wohllebe, the K-1 1000 bronze medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Poland POL
6 West Germany FRG
7 Italy ITA
8 Sweden SWE
9 France FRA
4 h1r3/4 Canada CAN
4 h2r3/4 New Zealand NZL
4 h3r3/4 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1r3/4 United States USA
5 h3r3/4 Spain ESP
AC h2r3/4 Norway NOR
4 h1r2/4 Argentina ARG
4 h2r2/4 Great Britain GBR
5 h1r2/4 South Korea KOR