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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: NOR Knut Holmann
Silver: ITA Beniamino Bonomi
Bronze: AUS Clint Robinson

Summary

Knut Holmann of Norway was the defending Olympic runner-up and winner of the K-1 1000 at two of the last three editions of the World Championships, making him a favorite for the event at the 1996 Summer Olympics. His greatest challenger was likely to be Australia’s Clint Robinson, the reigning Olympic and 1994 World Champion. Holmann won his heat in the opening round, but it was Italy’s Beniamino Bonomi who posted the fastest time, defeating Robinson in the process. Finland’s Mikko Kolehmainen, the reigning K-1 500 Olympic champion, took a third heat. Bonomi then bested Holmann in the semi-finals, while Kolehmainen was fourth in Robinson’s heat. In the final, however, the Norwegian got the best of the Italian and finished over a second ahead and in Olympic record time to win the gold medal, while Bonomi settled for silver nearly three seconds ahead of Robinson. The Australian had to fend off a challenge from Germany’s Lutz Liwowski to earn bronze, which he did by a margin of 0.312 seconds. Holmann would go on to take silver in the K-1 500, while Bonomi would be runner-up again in the K-2 500.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Knut Holmann 27 Norway NOR Gold OB
2 Beniamino Bonomi 28 Italy ITA Silver
3 Clint Robinson 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Lutz Liwowski 28 Germany GER
5 Agustín Calderón 24 Spain ESP
6 Andrzej Gajewski 31 Poland POL
7 Marin Popescu 22 Romania ROU
8 Sebastián Cuattrin 22 Brazil BRA
9 Mikko Kolehmainen 31 Finland FIN
5 h2r3/4 Róbert Erban 24 Slovakia SVK
6 h1r3/4 Abelardo Sztrum 22 Argentina ARG
6 h2r3/4 Hain Helde 24 Estonia EST
7 h1r3/4 Michael Harbold 28 United States USA
7 h2r3/4 Zoltán Kammerer 18 Hungary HUN
8 h1r3/4 José Garcia 32 Portugal POR
8 h2r3/4 Vincent Olla 23 France FRA
9 h1r3/4 Ivan Lawler 29 Great Britain GBR
9 h2r3/4 Vladyslav Tereshchenko 24 Ukraine UKR
5 h2r2/4 Tom Krantz 25 Sweden SWE
6 h1r2/4 Erik Gervais 23 Canada CAN
6 h2r2/4 Andrey Safaryan 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h1r2/4 Miezan Edoukou 29 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
7 h2r2/4 Ivan Kireyev 29 Uzbekistan UZB