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Canoeing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 24, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004

Gold: GER Andreas Dittmer
Silver: ESP David Cal
Bronze: RUS Maksim Opalev

Summary

Russia’s Maksim Opalev won the C-1 500 at the World Championships from 1998 through 2002, as well as the two most recent editions of the European championships, but had lost the 2000 Olympic title to Hungary’s György Kolonics and the 2003 World one to Germany’s Andreas Dittmer, the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist. Of those two, only Dittmer was competing in the C-1 500 at the 2004 Summer Games and would be the Russian’s greatest challenger for the title. Opalev and Dittmer won their heats with back-to-back Olympic records in the opening round, while the third was taken by David Cal of Spain, who became Spain’s first Olympic canoeing champion the day prior to the C-1 500 final by winning the C-1 1000 ahead of Dittmer. The tables were turned in the final of this event, however, when Dittmer took gold 0.34 seconds ahead of Cal and left him with silver. Opalev, meanwhile, was barely able to hold on to bronze, with four other competitors crossing the line within half a second of his finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andreas Dittmer 32 Germany GER Gold OB
2 David Cal 21 Spain ESP Silver
3 Maksim Opalev 25 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Aleksandr Zhukovsky 24 Belarus BLR
5 Martin Doktor 30 Czech Republic CZE
6 Richard Dalton 24 Canada CAN
7 Márton Joób 22 Hungary HUN
8 Stanimir Atanasov 28 Bulgaria BUL
9 Wang Bing 26 China CHN
4 h1r2/3 Aldo Pruna 21 Cuba CUB
4 h2r2/3 Martin Marinov 36 Australia AUS
5 h1r2/3 Kaysar Nurmaganbetov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h2r2/3 Dagnis Vinogradovs 23 Latvia LAT
6 h1r2/3 Yuriy Cheban 18 Ukraine UKR
6 h2r2/3 Marián Ostrčil 23 Slovakia SVK
7 h1r2/3 Andreas Kilingaridis 28 Greece GRE
7 h2r2/3 Darwin Correa 26 Uruguay URU
8 h1r2/3 Florin Mironcic 23 Romania ROU
8 h2r2/3 Emanuel Horvatiček 25 Croatia CRO