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Canoeing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 200 metres

Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Games:

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: UKR Yuriy Cheban
Silver: LTU Jevgenijus Šuklinas
Bronze: RUS Ivan Shtyl

Summary

The favorite going into the C-1 200, a new event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, was Valentin Demyanenko, formerly of Ukraine and now competing for Azerbaijan, who had three World (2005, 2009, and 2011) and two European (2009 and 2011) Championship titles to his name. He seemed to be the strongest competitor going into the event but, in a race as unpredictable as the C-1 200, all three podium spots were up for grabs. His greatest rival was Russia’s Ivan Shtyl, who could claim the 2010 edition of this event among his six World Championship titles. Lithuanian Jevgenijus Šuklinas was another medal favorite, having won the European Championships in 2007 and 2010.

In perhaps the most shocking result in canoeing at the 2012 Games, Demyanenko became the only one of the 25 canoeists eliminated in the heats of the C-1 200. Despite four other paddlers posting slower times, Demyanenko was in the only heat of seven participants in a qualification round where the top six would advance, and he finished last. With rookie Alfonso Benavides of Spain posting the fast time, the race was assured to be the exciting spectacle that the officials had hoped for when adding the 200 metre events to the Olympic program. Nonetheless, Shtyl emerged as the new favorite by having the quickest finish in the semifinals, but still less than three-tenths of a second faster than Benavides. In the final, however, it was Ukraine’s Yuriy Cheban who set the pace, bolting out of the start and, like the earlier men’s K-1 200 final, never being seriously challenged. Cheban, the 2007 World Champion in the event, won gold in his third Olympic appearance; he had competed in the C-1 500 and 1000 in 2004 and 2008 and had earned a bronze medal in the former discipline in Beijing. Šuklin paddled a strong race and earned silver, with Shtyl finding a late burst of energy to shut out Benavides for the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuriy Cheban 26 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Jevgenijus Šuklinas 26 Lithuania LTU Silver
3 Ivan Shtyl 26 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Alfonso Benavides 21 Spain ESP
5 Denis Garazha 25 Belarus BLR
6 Ľubomír Hagara 27 Slovakia SVK
7 Mathieu Goubel 32 France FRA
8 Naoya Sakamoto 24 Japan JPN
9 Andrzej Jezierski 31 Ireland IRL
10 Vadim Menkov 25 Uzbekistan UZB
11 Attila Vajda 29 Hungary HUN
12 Ronilson Oliveira 22 Brazil BRA
13 Jason Mccoombs 19 Canada CAN
14 Aleksey Dyadchuk 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 Li Qiang 23 China CHN
16 Sebastian Brendel 24 Germany GER
17 Richard Jefferies 25 Great Britain GBR
18 Sebastian Marczak 29 Australia AUS
19 Khaled Houcine 22 Tunisia TUN
20 José Cristóbal 25 Mexico MEX
21 Piotr Kuleta 23 Poland POL
22 Ndiatte Gueye 27 Senegal SEN
23 Nelson Henriques 25 Angola ANG
24 Rudolf Berking-Williams 33 Samoa SAM
25 Valentin Demyanenko 28 Azerbaijan AZE