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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: BUL Bulgaria


Germany’s [Kay Bluhm] and [Torsten Gutsche] were the defending Olympic champions in the K-2 1000, as well as the 1993 World Champions and the 1995 runners-up. Italy’s [Daniele Scarpa] and [Antonio Rossi], meanwhile, were the 1995 World Champions and the 1993 and 1994 runners-up. These two nations were the favorites in the event at the 1996 Summer Olympics and were joined in winning their heats in the opening round by Australia’s [Grant Leury] and [Peter Scott]. Italy won the first heat in the semi-finals, nearly eliminating Leury and Scott in the process, who survived only by being the fastest of the fifth place finishers. The Germans, meanwhile, were bested by both [Dariusz Białkowski] and [Grzegorz Kotowicz] of Poland, the 1995 World bronze medalists, and [Patrick Lancereau] and [Pierre Lubac] of France. The Italians were dominant in the medal round, winning gold by nearly a second and a half over the Germans, who settled for silver. The race for the final podium spot, meanwhile, turned into a three-way battle between Bulgarians [Andrian Dushev] and [Milko Kazanov], Poland, and France, who finished in that order 0.196 apart. Although Bluhm and Gutsche failed to defend their crown, they would have their revenge against Scarpa in the K-2 500, where they took gold over Italy by a mere 0.032 seconds. Rossi, meanwhile, would go on to become a double Olympic champion by winning the K-1 500 the following day.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Italy ITA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Poland POL
5 France FRA
6 Denmark DEN
7 Australia AUS
8 Sweden SWE
9 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r3/4 United States USA
6 h1 r3/4 Slovakia SVK
6 h2 r3/4 Portugal POR
7 h1 r3/4 Czech Republic CZE
7 h2 r3/4 Russia RUS
8 h1 r3/4 Spain ESP
8 h2 r3/4 Lithuania LTU
9 h1 r3/4 Argentina ARG
9 h2 r3/4 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h1 r2/4 Ireland IRL
6 h2 r2/4 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r2/4 China CHN
7 h2 r2/4 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
8 h1 r2/4 Uzbekistan UZB