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Canoeing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 26, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000

Gold: NOR Knut Holmann
Silver: BUL Petar Merkov
Bronze: GBR Tim Brabants

Summary

Germany’s Lutz Liwowski had won the K-1 1000 at the last two editions of the World Championships and was favored to take the event at the 2000 Summer Olympics, after having come in fourth in 1996. He would certainly have to contend with Norway’s Knut Holmann, however, who was the defending Olympic and four-time World Champion in this event. The last two European championships, as well as the 1997 World Championships, had been won by Hungary, who sent a new canoeist, Roland Kökény, to the Games, while 1992 Olympic champion Clint Robinson of Australia, who had taken bronze in 1996, was also present in Sydney. Javier Correa of Argentina had taken the title at the most recent Pan American Games and was also the 1998 World bronze medalist.

Liwowski defeated Kökény in the first opening heat, while Holmann bested Correa in the next and Robinson came in fourth in a heat won by Torsten Tranum of Denmark, the 1999 World bronze medalist. Michael Kolganov of Israel, the 1999 European bronze medalist, took the fourth heat. The first semi-final heat was the strongest, as it contained Holmann, who won it, Kolganov, who came in third, and Kökény and Robinson, both of whom were eliminated in favor of Tim Brabants of the United Kingdom. Tranum lost his heat to Petar Merkov of Belgium, while Liwowski was disqualified for having too many false starts in a third heat captured by Correa. With Liwowski out of the picture, Holmann paddled to a relatively easy gold medal in the final, while Merkov came in nearly a second and a half later for silver. These two canoeists would repeat their performances in the K-1 500, where the Bulgarian was again runner-up to the Norwegian. The race for bronze was an incredibly tight one between Brabants and Kolganov, with the latter missing out on becoming Israel’s first Olympic canoeing medalist by a mere 0.042 seconds. Brabants thus claimed Britain’s first Olympic canoe sprint medal, adding to the two K-1 slalom silver medals it had won in 1992 and earlier in the regatta. Kolganov, meanwhile, would receive some consolation the following day in the K-1 500, where he captured the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Knut Holmann 32 Norway NOR Gold
2 Petar Merkov 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Tim Brabants 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Michael Kolganov 25 Israel ISR
5 Javier Correa 24 Argentina ARG
6 Torsten Tranum 21 Denmark DEN
7 Pierre Lubac 32 France FRA
8 Jacopo Majocchi 24 Italy ITA
9 Emilio Merchán 24 Spain ESP
4 h1r2/3 Roland Kökény 24 Hungary HUN
4 h2r2/3 Alan van Coller 33 South Africa RSA
4 h3r2/3 Vladimir Grushikhin 29 Armenia ARM
5 h1r2/3 Clint Robinson 28 Australia AUS
5 h2r2/3 Rastislav Kužel 25 Slovakia SVK
5 h3r2/3 Bob Maesen 24 Belgium BEL
6 h1r2/3 Vaidas Mizeras 27 Lithuania LTU
6 h2r2/3 Johan Eriksson 22 Sweden SWE
6 h3r2/3 Radek Záruba 21 Czech Republic CZE
7 h1r2/3 Hain Helde 28 Estonia EST
7 h2r2/3 Anton Ryakhov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h3r2/3 Marian Baban 24 Romania ROU
8 h1r2/3 Sergey Sergin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h2r2/3 Rafał Głażewski 20 Poland POL
8 h3r2/3 Adrian Bachmann 24 Switzerland SUI
9 h1r2/3 Gary Mawer 30 Ireland IRL
9 h2r2/3 Vladyslav Tereshchenko 28 Ukraine UKR
AC h3r2/3 Lutz Liwowski 33 Germany GER
7 h2r1/3 Nam Sung-Ho 24 South Korea KOR
8 h1r1/3 Roger Caumo 21 Brazil BRA
8 h2r1/3 Nader Eivazi Khiarak 25 Iran IRI
8 h3r1/3 Mihai Apostol 29 Canada CAN