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Canoeing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, Slalom

Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012

Gold: ITA Daniele Molmenti
Silver: CZE Vavřinec Hradílek
Bronze: GER Hannes Aigner

Summary

Neither the 2008 Olympic champion or runner-up, Germany’s Alexander Grimm, nor France’s Fabien Lefèvre respectively, returned to defend their medals at the 2012 Summer Games. Grimm’s spot was taken by Hannes Aigner, who had defeated the gold medalist in the trials for the Olympics, while Lefèvre met the same fate at the hands of Etienne Daille. Crowd favorite Benjamin Boukpeti, the bronze medalist from 2008 and the first person to win an Olympic medal for Togo, did return, but was not viewed as a significant threat. This left the field somewhat more open, although Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer, World Champion in 2009 and 2011, and Daniele Molmenti, the 2010 World Champion, were seen as having an advantage in the field.

Aigner had the fastest time in the heats and the second-fastest in the semi-finals, although he dropped to fifth place after hitting a gate and incurring a two-second penalty. Kauzer won the semi-finals handily, emerging victorious even after a two-second penalty of his own. Boukpeti survived to the finals as well, but incurred 52 seconds worth of penalties after missing, and later hitting, a gate in a final run that would not have earned a medal even if it had been flawless. The Czech Republic’s Vavřinec Hradílek was only the third man to descend the course in the final, but managed a near flawless run that eventually garnered him a silver medal, bettering his 11th-place finish of 2008 and earning his country’s first medal of the Games. Only Molmenti bested his time, winning Italy’s first gold medal in canoe slalom since Pierpaolo Ferrazzi’s victory at the 1992 Games in the kayak singles, while Aigner took home the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Daniele Molmenti 27 Italy ITA Gold
2 Vavřinec Hradílek 25 Czech Republic CZE Silver
3 Hannes Aigner 23 Germany GER Bronze
4 Mateusz Polaczyk 24 Poland POL
5 Samuel Hernanz 26 Spain ESP
6 Peter Kauzer 28 Slovenia SLO
7 Etienne Daille 22 France FRA
8 Helmut Oblinger 39 Austria AUT
9 Kazuki Yazawa 23 Japan JPN
10 Benjamin Boukpeti 30 Togo TOG
11 Mathieu Doby 30 Belgium BEL
12 Richard Hounslow 30 Great Britain GBR
13 Mike Kurt 32 Switzerland SUI
14 Eoin Rheinisch 32 Ireland IRL
15 Mike Dawson 25 New Zealand NZL
16 Scott Parsons 33 United States USA
17 Huang Cunguang 26 China CHN
18 Warwick Draper 35 Australia AUS
19 Hermann Ludwig Husslein 26 Thailand THA
20 Michael Tayler 20 Canada CAN
21 Jonathan Akinyemi 23 Nigeria NGR
22 Dinko Mulić 28 Croatia CRO