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Canoeing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia Olympic Canal, Castelldefels
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992

Gold: BUL Nikolay Bukhalov
Silver: EUN Michał Śliwiński
Bronze: GER Olaf Heukrodt

Summary

In addition to being the most recent Olympic runner-up, Mykhailo Slivinsky of the Soviet Union had won the C-1 500 at the last three World Championships and, competing under the banner of the Unified Team, was considered the favorite to take gold in the event at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Defending Olympic champion Olaf Heukrodt of Germany, who was also the 1989 World runner-up and 1991 bronze medalist, would certainly be among his challengers, as would 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Martin Marinov of Bulgaria’s successor, Nikolay Bukhalov. Bukhalov was not only the most recent World runner-up, but was the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist in the K-1 1000. Cuba’s Armando Silega was the reigning Pan American champion.

Slivinsky not only defeated Heukrodt in the opening heats, but did so in Olympic record time, while Bukhalov and Canada’s Steve Giles took the other heats. Silega, meanwhile, was last in Bukhalov’s heat and survived the repêchage only to be eliminated in Slivinsky’s semi-final heat. Heukrodt came second to Bukhalov in the other heat, while Giles only survived by being the faster of the two fifth-place finishers. Slivinsky and Bukhalov battled down to the line, but the Bulgarian was just able to outperform the favorite and take the gold medal by 0.25 seconds, leaving silver to the former Soviet. Heukrodt, meanwhile, settled for bronze, while Bukhalov would go on to upset another former Soviet favorite the following day by winning the C-1 1000 ahead of Ivans Klementjevs of Latvia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nikolay Bukhalov 25 Bulgaria BUL Gold OB
2 Michał Śliwiński 22 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Olaf Heukrodt 30 Germany GER Bronze
4 Slavomír Kňazovický 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Imre Pulai 24 Hungary HUN
6 Steve Giles 20 Canada CAN
7 Pascal Sylvoz 26 France FRA
8 Victor Partnoi 21 Romania ROU
AC r4/4 Eric Jamieson 31 Great Britain GBR
5 h2r3/4 Franco Lizzio 29 Italy ITA
6 h1r3/4 Jefimijs Klementjevs 29 Latvia LAT
6 h2r3/4 Fred Spaulding 26 United States USA
7 h1r3/4 Peter Liljedahl 25 Sweden SWE
7 h2r3/4 Francisco López 27 Spain ESP
8 h1r3/4 Park Chang-Gyu 21 South Korea KOR
8 h2r3/4 Armando Silega 29 Cuba CUB
9 h1r3/4 Mariusz Walkowiak 21 Poland POL
9 h2r3/4 Tiit Tikerpe 26 Estonia EST
5 h1r2/4 Aleksandar Ðurić 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH