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Canoeing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 27, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: USA United States
Silver: NZL New Zealand
Bronze: AUS Australia


New Zealand’s [Ian Ferguson] and [Paul MacDonald] were the reigning World Champions in the K-2 1000 and, having also won the K-2 500 the previous day, were favorites going into the final round of this event. Canada, the most recent Olympic champion, sent [Don Brien] and [Colin Shaw], the 1985 World bronze medalists, to defend their title, but 1987 Pan American champions [Norman Bellingham] and [Greg Barton] of the United States were the class of the North American field and had a strong claim to the Olympic title. Barton also won the K-1 1000 the day prior to this event’s final. New Zealand defeated the United States in the opening round in Olympic record time, but by a margin of only 0.06 seconds. Canada, meanwhile, finished sixth in a heat won by Italians [Bruno Dreossi] and [Alessandro Pieri] and survived only through the repêchage, while East Germany’s [Guido Behling] and [Torsten Krentz] took the third heat. New Zealand again posted the fastest time in the semi-finals, helping to eliminate Canada in the process, while the United States bested East Germany in another heat and Romania’s [Daniel Stoian] and [Angelin Velea], the 1986 World Champions, won a third heat and helped eliminate Italy. New Zealand led the pack for most of the final, with Australians’ [Peter Foster] and [Kelvin Graham] hot on their tail and occasionally passing them, but began to run out of steam near the end, which gave just enough room for the Americans to take the gold by 0.29 seconds. Thus the New Zealanders settled for silver and the Australians came in just over a second later for bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 West Germany FRG
5 East Germany GDR
6 Romania ROU
7 Sweden SWE
8 Norway NOR
9 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r3/4 Ireland IRL
4 h2 r3/4 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r3/4 Finland FIN
5 h1 r3/4 Italy ITA
5 h2 r3/4 Canada CAN
5 h3 r3/4 China CHN
6 h2 r3/4 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r3/4 France FRA
5 h1 r2/4 Portugal POR
5 h2 r2/4 Spain ESP
6 h2 r2/4 South Korea KOR