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Canoeing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000

Gold: GER Thomas Schmidt
Silver: GBR Paul Ratcliffe
Bronze: ITA Pierpaolo Ferrazzi

Summary

The format of the K-1 slalom had changed since the previous Olympics, as now the scores of both rounds, rather than just the best one, counted and there was a qualifying round prior to the final. Nonetheless one previous medalist, 1992 Olympic and 2000 European champion Pierpaolo Ferrazzi of Italy, elected to participate. Canadian David Ford was the reigning World Champion, while Paul Ratcliffe was the 1998 European champion. Ratcliffe placed the highest among all these three in the qualifying round, but was still behind Mathias Röthenmund of Switzerland and Thomas Schmidt of Germany. Ferrazzi was 11th and Ford was 22nd and thus suffered elimination. Schmidt was in first after the first run of the final, with Ferrazzi in second, Ratcliffe in third, and Röthenmund in ninth. Schmidt won the second run as well and thus guaranteed himself gold, while Slovenia’s Dejan Kralj was second. This was not sufficient to overcome his 12th-place run from the first round and thus Ratcliffe, who was third again, was able to claim the silver medal. Ferrazzi, meanwhile, was eighth but this was sufficient for him to earn bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thomas Schmidt 24 Germany GER Gold
2 Paul Ratcliffe 26 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Pierpaolo Ferrazzi 35 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Helmut Oblinger 27 Austria AUT
5 Scott Shipley 29 United States USA
6 Manuel Köhler 31 Austria AUT
7 Tomáš Kobes 22 Czech Republic CZE
8 Laurent Burtz 27 France FRA
9 Mathias Röthenmund 25 Switzerland SUI
10 Dejan Kralj 24 Slovenia SLO
11 Andrej Glucks 24 Croatia CRO
12 Peter Nagy 35 Slovakia SVK
13 Jiří Prskavec 28 Czech Republic CZE
14 Enrico Lazzarotto 27 Italy ITA
15 Fedja Marušić 28 Slovenia SLO
16 QR Ian Wiley 32 Ireland IRL
17 QR Lazar Popovski 26 Macedonia MKD
18 QR Esteban Aracama 27 Spain ESP
19 QR Carles Joanmartí 21 Spain ESP
20 QR Nizar Samlal 21 Morocco MAR
21 QR John Wilkie 23 Australia AUS
22 QR David Ford 33 Canada CAN
23 QR Taro Ando 23 Japan JPN