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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 h2r3/4 Philippe Boccara 29 France FRA
4 h1r3/4 José Garcia 24 Portugal POR
4 h3r3/4 Dirk Ulaszewski 24 West Germany FRG
5 h1r3/4 Pat Holmes 22 Ireland IRL
5 h2r3/4 Carl Beaumier 22 Canada CAN
5 h3r3/4 José Reyes 22 Spain ESP
4 h1r2/4 Atilio Vásquez 28 Argentina ARG
4 h2r2/4 Kim Dong-Su 19 South Korea KOR
5 h1r2/4 Ivan Lawler 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2r2/4 Luk Kwok Sun 28 Hong Kong HKG