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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 4, 1996

Gold: CZE Martin Doktor
Silver: SVK Slavomír Kňazovický
Bronze: HUN Imre Pulai

Summary

Bulgaria’s Nikolay Bukhalov was the defending Olympic and three-time reigning World Champion in the C-1 500 and a strong favorite to take gold at the 1996 Games. He struggled in the opening round, however, and came fifth in an opening heat won by Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, the 1995 World runner-up, while the other heat was taken by Thomas Zereske of Germany, the 1990 World runner-up. Bukhalov continued to have difficulties in the semi-finals, where he lost his heat to Canadian Steve Giles, the 1993 World bronze medalist, while Ukraine’s Mykhailo Slivinsky, the 1988 and 1992 Olympic runner-up, took the other. Giles had a slight lead over the rest of the pack in the first half of the final, but that slowly disintegrated until he was left in last place by the end of the race. Doktor, meanwhile, put forth a powerful sprint near the end of the course to claim the gold medal ahead of Slovakia’s Slavomír Kňazovický, who fell from his canoe as he crossed the line in second place. This made Doktor a double Olympic champion, as he had won the C-1 1000 the previous day. Hungary’s Imre Pulai, the 1994 World runner-up and 1995 bronze medalist, came in third.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martin Doktor 22 Czech Republic CZE Gold OB
2 Slavomír Kňazovický 29 Slovakia SVK Silver
3 Imre Pulai 28 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Michał Śliwiński 26 Ukraine UKR
5 Thomas Zereske 30 Germany GER
6 Christian Frederiksen 31 Denmark DEN
7 Konstantin Negodyayev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 Steve Giles 24 Canada CAN
AC r3/3 Nikolay Bukhalov 29 Bulgaria BUL
3 h1r2/3 Éric le Leuch 25 France FRA
4 h1r2/3 José Manuel Crespo 24 Spain ESP
4 h2r2/3 Jim Terrell 31 United States USA
5 h1r2/3 Florin Huidu 20 Romania ROU
5 h2r2/3 Dražen Funtak 21 Croatia CRO
6 h1r2/3 Andrei Placinta 21 Moldova MDA
6 h2r2/3 Yevgeny Astanin 21 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h1r2/3 Silvestre Pereira 24 Portugal POR