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Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: CZE Martin Doktor
Silver: LAT Ivans Klementjevs
Bronze: HUN György Zala

Summary

Latvia’s Ivans Klementjevs had a strong pedigree in the C-1 1000, having been the 1988 Olympic and six-time World Champion, but he had lost the final at the 1992 Summer Olympics to Nikolay Bukhalov of Bulgaria, whose speciality was the C-1 500. Hungary’s György Zala, meanwhile, had been third at the 1992 Games and runner-up at the 1990 World Championships and all three had a good chance to make the podium in Atlanta. It was Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, however, the 1995 World runner-up, who posted the fastest time in the opening round, helping to relegate both Klementjevs and Bukhalov to the semi-finals while Zala took the other heat. Klementjevs and Bukhalov were in the same semi-final heat, which the former won while the latter struggled and qualified for the final by being the fastest third-place finisher by only 0.158 seconds. The final came down to a battle between Klementjevs and Doktor, from which the latter emerged victorious in an Olympic record time, leaving the Latvian once again a runner-up. Doktor would go on to become a double Olympic champion the following day by winning the C-1 500. Zala, meanwhile, repeated his bronze medal finish from 1992 by a comfortable margin.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martin Doktor 22 Czech Republic CZE Gold OB
2 Ivans Klementjevs 35 Latvia LAT Silver
3 György Zala 27 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Patrick Schulze 23 Germany GER
5 Pascal Sylvoz 30 France FRA
6 Victor Partnoi 25 Romania ROU
7 Roman Bundz 25 Ukraine UKR
8 Ivan Šabjan 34 Croatia CRO
9 Nikolay Bukhalov 29 Bulgaria BUL
3 h1r2/3 Arne Nielsson 34 Denmark DEN
4 h1r2/3 Ján Kubica 23 Slovakia SVK
4 h2r2/3 José Manuel Crespo 24 Spain ESP
5 h1r2/3 Konstantin Negodyayev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h2r2/3 Vadim Salcutan 22 Moldova MDA
6 h1r2/3 Gavin Maxwell 25 Canada CAN
6 h2r2/3 Yevgeny Astanin 21 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h1r2/3 Joseph Harper 30 United States USA
7 h2r2/3 Silvestre Pereira 24 Portugal POR