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Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 29, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976

Gold: YUG Matija Ljubek
Silver: URS Vasyl Yurchenko
Bronze: HUN Tamás Wichmann


[Ivan Patzaichin] of Romania was, among other titles, the 1972 Olympic and 1973 World Champion, the 1975 World runner-up, and the 1974 World bronze medalist in the C-1 1000, but he would have to contend with [Vasyl Yurchenko] of the Soviet Union, winner at the last two World Championships, at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Hungary’s [Tamás Wichmann], meanwhile, was the 1972 Olympic runner-up and the 1973 and 1975 World bronze medalist. Patzaichin posted the fastest time in the opening round, defeating Wichmann in the process, while Yurchenko captured the other heat. In the semi-finals, however, Patzaichin was bested by [Borislav Ananiev] of Bulgaria, while Yurchenko and Wichmann took the other heats. In the final, Yugoslavian [Matija Ljubek], who had won bronze in the C-1 500 the previous day, put forth an outstanding effort and captured the gold medal over three seconds ahead of Yurchenko, who settled for silver. Wichmann and Ananiev, meanwhile, raced for bronze, with the former crossing the finish line first, albeit by only 0.3 seconds. This was Ananiev’s second disappointment of the Games, as he had also come in fourth in the C-1 500. As for Patzaichin, he could not keep up to the front runners and placed fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matija Ljubek 22 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Vasyl Yurchenko 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Tamás Wichmann 28 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Borislav Ananiev 20 Bulgaria BUL
5 Ivan Patzaichin 26 Romania ROU
6 Roland Iche 29 France FRA
7 Wilfried Stephan 21 East Germany GDR
8 Ulli Eicke 24 West Germany FRG
9 John Edwards 22 Canada CAN
4 h1 r3/4 Pietro Bruschi 24 Italy ITA
4 h2 r3/4 Angus Morrison 24 United States USA
4 h3 r3/4 Göran Backlund 19 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/4 Timo Grönlund 22 Finland FIN
4 h2 r2/4 Willie Reichenstein 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Mitsuo Nakanishi 28 Japan JPN