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Canoeing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Canoe/Kayak Centre, Helleniko Olympic Complex, Hellinikon
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004

Gold: FRA Benoît Peschier
Silver: GBR Campbell Walsh
Bronze: FRA Fabien Lefèvre

Summary

Two former Olympic champions, Italy’s Pierpaolo Ferrazzi (1992, also a bronze medalist in 2000) and Germany’s Thomas Schmidt (2000), travelled to the 2004 Games to bid for the title again, although neither had won any major international medals within the last three years. France’s Fabien Lefèvre, as the two-time World Champion, was the favorite in the event. Schmidt and Lefèvre were third and fourth respectively in the qualifying heat, having been bested by Mike Kurt of Switzerland and Campbell Walsh of Great Britain. Ferrazzi, meanwhile, was 19th, only two positions shy of elimination. The final round had a new rule, wherein only the top ten canoeists after the first run would advance to the second. This ended up working against both Ferrazzi and Kurt, who occupied the last two spots on the table after the first round. Walsh, meanwhile, was first, followed by Benoît Peschier of France and Sam Oud of the Netherlands. Schmidt and Lefèvre, meanwhile, were now fifth and sixth. In the final portion, both Frenchmen had good runs, finishing first and second, but Peschier’s was great enough to him the gold medal, as Walsh had placed third. The Briton thus took silver while Lefèvre, hampered by his earlier mark, settled for bronze. Schmidt was again fifth and ended up fifth in the final rankings, while Oud slipped to ninth in the round and eighth overall.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Benoît Peschier 24 France FRA Gold
2 Campbell Walsh 26 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Fabien Lefèvre 22 France FRA Bronze
4 David Ford 37 Canada CAN
5 Thomas Schmidt 28 Germany GER
6 Scott Parsons 25 United States USA
7 Grzegorz Polaczyk 19 Poland POL
8 Sam Oud 25 Netherlands NED
9 Warwick Draper 27 Australia AUS
10 Uroš Kodelja 29 Slovenia SLO
11 Carles Joanmartí 25 Spain ESP
12 Ján Šajbidor 21 Slovakia SVK
13 Helmut Oblinger 31 Austria AUT
14 Ondřej Raab 31 Czech Republic CZE
15 Brett Heyl 22 United States USA
16 Lazar Popovski 30 Macedonia MKD
17 Floris Braat 24 Netherlands NED
18 Benjamin Boukpeti 23 Togo TOG
19 Pierpaolo Ferrazzi 39 Italy ITA
20 Mike Kurt 24 Switzerland SUI
21 QR Eoin Rheinisch 24 Ireland IRL
22 QR Dinko Mulić 20 Croatia CRO
23 QR Emir Sarganović 20 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
24 QR Alexandros Dimitriou 23 Greece GRE
25 QR Jens Ewald 21 Germany GER