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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 4, 1996

Gold: ITA Antonio Rossi
Silver: NOR Knut Holmann
Bronze: POL Piotr Markiewicz


The field for the men’s K-1 500 at the 1996 Summer Olympics was fairly open, as results in the event at the World Championships had been fairly inconsistent. The last three World Champions had been [Mikko Kolehmainen] of Finland, who was also the defending Olympic champion, [Sergey Kalesnik] of Belarus, who was also the 1995 runner-up, and Poland’s [Piotr Markiewicz]. Norway’s [Knut Holmann], meanwhile, was the most recent Olympic bronze medalist. It was Italy’s [Antonio Rossi], however, who posted the fastest time in the opening round, leaving Kolehmainen in third behind German [Lutz Liwowski]. Markiewicz and Kalesnik, meanwhile, were third behind [Geza Magyar] of Romania, while Holmann took the third heat. In the first semi-final heat, Rossi not only defeated Holmann, Kolehmainen, Markiewicz, but helped eliminate Kalesnik and did so in Olympic record time. Liwowski and Magyar, meanwhile, were the first two finishers in the other heat. Rossi then took charge of the final, winning in Olympic record time and almost a second ahead of everyone else, while the race for the final podium spots came down to a battle between Holmann, Markiewicz, Magyar, and Liwowski, who finished in that order within 0.97 seconds of each other. Rossi thus became a double Olympic champion, having won the K-2 1000 the previous day, while Holmann added silver to the gold medal he had won in the K-1 1000.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Antonio Rossi 27 Italy ITA Gold OB
2 Knut Holmann 27 Norway NOR Silver
3 Piotr Markiewicz 22 Poland POL Bronze
4 Geza Magyar 23 Romania ROU
5 Lutz Liwowski 28 Germany GER
6 Miguel García 23 Spain ESP
7 Mikko Kolehmainen 31 Finland FIN
8 Róbert Erban 24 Slovakia SVK
9 Cameron McFadzean 25 Australia AUS
5 h2 r3/4 Sergey Verlin 21 Russia RUS
6 h1 r3/4 Renn Crichlow 28 Canada CAN
6 h2 r3/4 Vladyslav Tereshchenko 24 Ukraine UKR
7 h1 r3/4 Zoltán Antal 24 Hungary HUN
7 h2 r3/4 Javier Correa 20 Argentina ARG
8 h1 r3/4 Sergey Kalesnik 26 Belarus BLR
8 h2 r3/4 Mike Herbert 35 United States USA
9 h1 r3/4 Sebastián Cuattrin 22 Brazil BRA
9 h2 r3/4 Petar Merkov 19 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r2/4 Hain Helde 24 Estonia EST
6 h1 r2/4 Ivan Lawler 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/4 Yevgeny Yegorov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h1 r2/4 Petar Sibinkich 20 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
7 h2 r2/4 Tom Krantz 25 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r2/4 Koutoua Abia 30 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
8 h2 r2/4 Aleksandr Popov 21 Uzbekistan UZB
9 h2 r2/4 José Garcia 32 Portugal POR