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Canoeing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia Olympic Canal, Castelldefels
Date Started: August 4, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992

Gold: BUL Nikolay Bukhalov
Silver: LAT Ivans Klementjevs
Bronze: HUN György Zala

Summary

Ivans Klementjevs had won the C-1 1000 for the Soviet Union at the last Olympics and the three most recent World Championships and, competing for Latvia at the 1992 Summer Olympics, was the favorite to defend his title. Bulgaria’s Nikolay Bukhalov, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and the most recent World runner-up, also returned to the Games in the hopes of improving his performance. In the opening round, however, it was 1991 World bronze medalist Matthias Röder of Germany who set an Olympic record, while Klementjevs was third behind him and Pascal Sylvoz of France. Bukhalov, meanwhile, lost his heat to Canadian Steve Giles, while Hungary’s György Zala took the third one. Röder, Bukhalov, Klementjevs, and Zala all met in the semi-finals and finished in that order, while Giles was runner-up to Sylvoz in the other heat. In the final, however, Bukhalov took control of the race and left silver for Klementjevs, who in turn was a safe distance ahead of Zala, the bronze medalist. It was the Bulgaria’s second upset against a former Soviet favorite, as he had won the C-1 500 against the favored Mykhailo Slivinsky the previous day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nikolay Bukhalov 25 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Ivans Klementjevs 31 Latvia LAT Silver
3 György Zala 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Matthias Röder 20 Germany GER
5 Pascal Sylvoz 26 France FRA
6 Andrew Train 28 Great Britain GBR
7 Victor Partnoi 21 Romania ROU
8 Jan Bartůnĕk 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Steve Giles 20 Canada CAN
5 h2r3/4 Aleksandr Kostoglod 18 Unified Team EUN
6 h1r3/4 José Martínez 19 Mexico MEX
6 h2r3/4 Fred Spaulding 26 United States USA
7 h1r3/4 Armando Silega 29 Cuba CUB
7 h2r3/4 Vlado Poslek 22 Croatia CRO
8 h1r3/4 José Alfredo Bea 22 Spain ESP
8 h2r3/4 Park Chang-Gyu 21 South Korea KOR
AC h1r3/4 Peter Liljedahl 25 Sweden SWE
AC h2r3/4 Tiit Tikerpe 26 Estonia EST
5 h2r2/4 Tomasz Darski 30 Poland POL