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Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: GBR Tim Brabants
Silver: NOR Eirik Verås Larsen
Bronze: AUS Ken Wallace

Summary

Unlike the K-1 500, results for the K-1 1000 had been more consistent since the 2004 Olympics, with defending champion Eirik Verås Larsen of Norway having taken the 2005 and 2007 European and and 2005 World Championships, while also coming in third at the 2007 Worlds. Great Britain’s Tim Brabants, meanwhile, was the 2006 and 2008 European and 2007 World Champion, and was runner-up at the 2007 Europeans and 2006 Worlds. The only other person to have captured a major international title was Markus Oscarsson of Sweden, the 2006 World Champion and European bronze medalist. Ben Fouhy of Australia and Adam Van Koeverden of Canada, the 2004 Olympic silver and bronze medalists respectively, had also seen some success, with Fouhy having been the 2006 World bronze medalist and Van Koeverden the 2007 World runner-up.

Brabants, Van Koeverden, and Larsen all won their opening heats and advanced directly to the final, while Oscarsson and Fouhy, third-place in Brabants and Van Koeverden’s heats respectively, were sent to the semi-finals. Fouhy and Oscarsson were second and third respectively in a heat won by Australia’s Ken Wallace, a relatively unknown canoeist who would go on to win the K-1 500. Germany’s Max Hoff, the 2008 European bronze medalist, took the other heat. In the medal round, Brabants took command and won the gold medal by a margin of over a second; he would add to his collection the following day by taking bronze in the K-1 500. Wallace and Larsen, meanwhile, were neck and neck for the silver medal, with the latter coming out ahead by 0.142 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tim Brabants 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Eirik Verås Larsen 32 Norway NOR Silver
3 Ken Wallace 25 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ben Fouhy 29 New Zealand NZL
5 Max Hoff 25 Germany GER
6 Markus Oscarsson 31 Sweden SWE
7 Stjepan Janić 27 Croatia CRO
8 Adam Van Koeverden 26 Canada CAN
9 Zoltán Benkő 25 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Shaun Rubenstein 24 South Africa RSA
4 h2 r2/3 Emanuel Silva 22 Portugal POR
5 h2 r2/3 Anton Ryakhov 28 Russia RUS
5 h2 r2/3 Jorge García 20 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r2/3 Jernej Župančič Regent 28 Slovenia SLO
6 h2 r2/3 Pan Yao 19 China CHN
7 h2 r2/3 Rami Zur 31 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Manuel Cortina 25 Mexico MEX
8 h1 r1/3 Phone Myint Tayzar 30 Myanmar MYA
8 h1 r1/3 Koutoua Abia 42 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
8 h1 r1/3 Tony Lespoir 31 Seychelles SEY
8 h2 r2/3 Dmitry Torlopov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h2 r2/3 Michael Kolganov 33 Israel ISR
9 h1 r1/3 Assane Fall 24 Senegal SEN
9 h1 r1/3 Alcino Silva 17 Sao Tome and Principe STP
9 h2 r2/3 Rudolf Berking-Williams 29 Samoa SAM
9 h2 r2/3 Miguel Correa 24 Argentina ARG