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Canoeing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom

Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Canoe Slalom Course, Augsburg
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 28, 1972
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.

Gold: GDR Reinhard Eiben
Silver: FRG Reinhold Kauder
Bronze: USA Jamie McEwan


Canoe slalom singles appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 (and for the last time until 1992) and, unlike in the sprint events, up to three competitors from a single nation were allowed to compete. West Germany’s [Reinhold Kauder] was the reigning World Champion and had come in second to his compatriot [Wolfgang Peters] in 1969, although there were many canoeists in contention. It was an East German, [Reinhard Eiben], however, who was in first after run one, with Kauder in second and only 0.39 points behind, and another East German, [Jochen Förster] in third. Förster had a medal of each color from the C-1 team event at the World Championships: gold from 1971, silver from 1967, and bronze from 1965. Peters, meanwhile, failed to post a score. Eiben recorded an even better score in the second run to earn a well-deserved gold medal, while Kauder failed to improve upon his point total and was forced to settle for silver. American [Jamie McEwan], who had been eighth in the first round, pulled off an impressive run in the second stage to slip ahead of Förster for the bronze medal, while Peters came in fourth in the second portion and fifth overall.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TT
1 Reinhard Eiben 20 East Germany GDR Gold 315.84
2 Reinhold Kauder 22 West Germany FRG Silver 327.89
3 Jamie McEwan 19 United States USA Bronze 335.95
4 Jochen Förster 29 East Germany GDR 354.42
5 Wolfgang Peters 24 West Germany FRG 356.25
6 Jürgen Köhler 26 East Germany GDR 372.88
7 Karel Třešňák 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 385.07
8 Petr Sodomka 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 391.11
9 Zbyněk Puleč 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 391.38
10 Angus Morrison 20 United States USA 393.77
11 Wick Walker 26 United States USA 399.76
12 Michel Trenchant 27 France FRA 405.98
13 John Albert 23 Great Britain GBR 438.40
14 Tone Hočevar 21 Yugoslavia YUG 445.40
15 Claude Baux 26 France FRA 463.16
16 Bernhard Heinemann 23 West Germany FRG 467.41
17 Damjan Prelovšek 27 Yugoslavia YUG 483.85
18 François Bonnet 24 France FRA 526.17
19 William Griffith 25 Canada CAN 530.64
20 Rowan Osborne 25 Great Britain GBR 561.12
21 Geoffrey Dinsdale 30 Great Britain GBR 576.72
22 Edy Paul 21 Switzerland SUI 642.50