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Canoeing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: CAN Adam Van Koeverden
Silver: AUS Nathan Baggaley
Bronze: GBR Ian Wynne

Summary

Bulgaria’s Petar Merkov and Israel’s Michael Kolganov, silver and bronze respectively at the 2000 Summer Games, were the only former Olympic medalists to compete at the 2004 edition. They had seen only limited success at major international tournaments since, however, with Merkov having been the runner-up at the 2002 European and World Championships and Kolganov having been the 2001 European silver medalist. Nathan Baggaley of Australia, the 2002 and 2003 World Champion, had seen more success, as had Ákos Vereckei, the 2001, 2002, and 2004 European and 2001 World Champion. Argentina’s Javier Correa, meanwhile, was a two-time victor at the Pan American Games and had been the 2001 World bronze medalist.

It was Norway’s Eirik Verås Larsen, however, a specialist at 1000 metres, who set an Olympic record in the opening heats and defeated Baggaley and Kolganov in the process. Vereckei and Merkov, meanwhile, fell to Great Britain’s Ian Wynne, the 2004 European runner-up, while Correa was bested by Canada’s Adam Van Koeverden. South Africa’s Alan van Coller took the fourth heat. Baggaley led the pack for the first half of the final, but Van Koeverden was constantly on his tail and, at the halfway mark, initiated a charge that took him past the Australian and into the history books as Canada’s first Olympic canoeing champion in twenty years. Baggaley grabbed silver just over half a second later, staving off challenges from Wynne and Larsen, who finished 0.08 and 0.2 seconds later respectively. Van Koeverden thus added gold to the bronze medal he had won the day before in the K-1 1000, while Baggaley would go on to take silver again in the K-2 500 about an hour later.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adam Van Koeverden 22 Canada CAN Gold
2 Nathan Baggaley 28 Australia AUS Silver
3 Ian Wynne 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Eirik Verås Larsen 28 Norway NOR
5 Ákos Vereckei 26 Hungary HUN
6 Lutz Altepost 22 Germany GER
7 Bâbak Amir-Tahmasseb 28 France FRA
8 Javier Correa 28 Argentina ARG
9 Andrea Facchin 25 Italy ITA
4 h1r2/3 Alvydas Duonėla 28 Lithuania LTU
4 h2r2/3 Rami Zur 27 United States USA
4 h3r2/3 Alan van Coller 36 South Africa RSA
5 h1r2/3 Anton Ryakhov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
5 h2r2/3 Simon Fäh 22 Switzerland SUI
5 h3r2/3 Anders Gustafsson 25 Sweden SWE
6 h1r2/3 Kimmo Latvamäki 28 Finland FIN
6 h2r2/3 Carlos Pérez 25 Spain ESP
6 h3r2/3 Petar Merkov 27 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1r2/3 Andrey Shkiotov 18 Russia RUS
7 h2r2/3 Emanuel Silva 18 Portugal POR
7 h3r2/3 Martin Chorváth 23 Slovakia SVK
8 h1r2/3 Sebastián Cuattrin 30 Brazil BRA
8 h2r2/3 Michael Kolganov 29 Israel ISR
8 h3r2/3 Liu Haitao 21 China CHN
9 h1r2/3 Paweł Baumann 21 Poland POL
9 h2r2/3 Tony Lespoir 27 Seychelles SEY
9 h3r2/3 Apostolos Papandreou 28 Greece GRE
7 h4r1/3 Steven Ferguson 24 New Zealand NZL