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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: USA Greg Barton
Silver: AUS Grant Davies
Bronze: GDR André Wohllebe


Like the men’s K-1 500, the results of the men’s K-1 1000 at the last three World Championships had been inconsistent, with Hungary’s [Ferenc Csipes], victor in 1985 and runner-up in 1986 and 1987, being the only competitor to win more than one medal over the last three years. America’s [Greg Barton] was the reigning World and Pan-American Champion, as well as the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, while New Zealand’s [Alan Thompson] was the defending Olympic champion. Barton and Csipes won their opening heats, while Thompson was fourth in a heat won by [Gunnar Olsson] of Sweden and advanced only through the repêchage. Barton and Olsson again won their heats in the semi-finals, while East Germany’s [André Wohllebe] defeated Csipes and helped eliminate Thompson in a third heat. Csipes led the race for most of the course, with Australia’s [Grant Davies] putting forth a surprisingly strong effort to remain at his side, but he struggled in the final stretch and faded all the way to the back of the pack. Barton, meanwhile, had unleashed a powerful drive and passed Davies to win by the slimmest of margins: 0.01 seconds. This was the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in canoeing since [Frank Havens’] victory in the C-1 10000 in 1952. The Australian thus settled for silver, while Wohllebe took bronze 0.27 seconds later. Barton would become a double Olympic champion later that day by winning the K-2 1000, while Wohllebe would take another bronze medal in the K-4 1000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Greg Barton 28 United States USA Gold
2 Grant Davies 25 Australia AUS Silver
3 André Wohllebe 26 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Dmitry Bankovsky 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Gunnar Olsson 28 Sweden SWE
6 Alan Thompson 29 New Zealand NZL
7 Attila Szabó 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Morten Ivarsen 21 Norway NOR
9 Ferenc Csipes 23 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r3/4 Philippe Boccara 29 France FRA
4 h1 r3/4 José Garcia 24 Portugal POR
4 h3 r3/4 Dirk Ulaszewski 24 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r3/4 Pat Holmes 22 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r3/4 Carl Beaumier 22 Canada CAN
5 h3 r3/4 José Reyes 22 Spain ESP
4 h1 r2/4 Atilio Vásquez 28 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r2/4 Kim Dong-Su 19 South Korea KOR
5 h1 r2/4 Ivan Lawler 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/4 Luk Kwok Sun 28 Hong Kong HKG