Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Segre Olympic Park, Seo de Urgel
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.
The Olympic program had experimented with canoe slalom events in 1972, but they did not become a permanent fixture until the 1992 Summer Games. Jon Lugbill of the United States and [Martin Lang] of Germany had won the C-1 at 1989 and 1991 World Championships respectively and were second and fifth after the first run. Jacky Avril of France, the 1991 World bronze medalist, posted the highest score in this portion of the tournament, while Lukáš Pollert of Czechoslovakia was third. Pollert, however, had a fantastic run in the second part and jumped ahead of both Avril and Lugbill, neither of whom improved upon their earlier marks, to capture gold. Gareth Marriott of Great Britain was able to do the same and, although his score was not close to Pollert’s, it remained enough to win the silver medal, while Avril clung to bronze. Lung improved his score slightly, but still sank to sixth in the final rankings. Marriott’s silver was Great Britain’s first Olympic canoeing medal in either the sprints or the slalom. Lugbill’s fourth-place finish was somewhat of a disappointment, as he was considered one of the premiere forces in the advancement of slalom canoe as a sport through his innovations in design and technique. Between 1979 and 1991, he won 13 World Championship medals, 12 of them gold, in the C-1 and C-1 team.
|2||Gareth Marriott||22||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||116.48|
|4||Jon Lugbill||31||United States||USA||118.62|
|5||Renato De Monti||32||Italy||ITA||119.02|
|11||Davey Hearn||33||United States||USA||121.57|
|21||Adam Clawson||19||United States||USA||129.23|
|25||Mark Delaney||28||Great Britain||GBR||139.61|
|31||Lazar Miloević||17||Individual Olympic Athletes||IOA||170.22|