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Canoeing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: AUS Clint Robinson
Silver: NOR Knut Holmann
Bronze: USA Greg Barton

Summary

Norway’s Knut Holmann was the two-time reigning World Champion in the K-1 1000 and, by the day of the final, had been an Olympic K-1 500 bronze medalist as well. He was the favorite in the K-1 1000 at the 1992 Summer Olympics, with his biggest challenge likely to come from Greg Barton of the United States, the defending Olympic champion in both the K-1 and K-2 1000. These two were drawn into the same opening heat, in which Holmann won in Olympic record time and Barton was consigned to the repêchage after coming in third behind Marin Popescu of Romania. Holmann had bested the record set by Australia’s Clint Robinson two heats earlier, while Beniamino Bonomi of Italy and Thor Nielsen of Denmark took the others. Barton defeated Nielsen in the first semi-final heat by the slimmest of margins, 0.01 seconds, and also bested Popescu and Bonomi, while Holmann was victorious against Robinson in the other. Holmann and Robinson led the pack in the first three-quarters of the final but, as they approached the finish, they were challenged by both Barton and Popescu. Robinson, Holmann, and Barton crossed the line within 0.67 seconds of each other, while Popescu faded slightly near the end and took fourth 0.47 seconds later.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Clint Robinson 19 Australia AUS Gold
2 Knut Holmann 23 Norway NOR Silver
3 Greg Barton 32 United States USA Bronze
4 Marin Popescu 18 Romania ROU
5 Beniamino Bonomi 24 Italy ITA
6 José Garcia 28 Portugal POR
7 Thor Nielsen 33 Denmark DEN
8 Renn Crichlow 24 Canada CAN
9 Artūras Vieta 31 Lithuania LTU
5 h2r3/4 Róbert Erban 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1r3/4 John MacDonald 26 New Zealand NZL
6 h2r3/4 Roberto Liberato 26 Switzerland SUI
7 h1r3/4 Mark Perrow 26 South Africa RSA
7 h2r3/4 Óscar García 20 Spain ESP
8 h1r3/4 Jens Stegemann 19 Germany GER
8 h2r3/4 Ihor Nahaiev 26 Unified Team EUN
9 h1r3/4 Pat Holmes 26 Ireland IRL
9 h2r3/4 Ferenc Csipes 27 Hungary HUN
4 h2r2/4 Graham Burns 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h3r2/4 Park Gi-Jeong 22 South Korea KOR
5 h1r2/4 Zvonimir Krznarić 20 Croatia CRO
5 h2r2/4 Sebastián Cuattrin 18 Brazil BRA
6 h1r2/4 Enrique Leite 28 Uruguay URU
6 h2r2/4 Srđan Marilović 24 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
7 h2r2/4 Anisi 23 Indonesia INA
AC h3r2/4 Pär Lindén 26 Sweden SWE