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Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000

Gold: HUN György Kolonics
Silver: RUS Maksim Opalev
Bronze: GER Andreas Dittmer


[Maksim Opalev] of Russia was the reigning European and two-time World Champion in the C-1 500 and a favorite to win gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The field in Sydney was strong, however, and included [Martin Doktor] of the Czech Republic, the defending Olympic and 1997 World Champion, as well as the most recent World and two-time European runner-up, [Slavomír Kňazovický] of Slovakia, the 1996 Olympic runner-up, Ukraine’s [Mykhailo Slivinsky], the 1989, 1990, and 1991 World Champion, 1988 and 1992 Olympic runner-up, and 1997 and 1998 World bronze medalist, and Bulgaria’s [Nikolay Bukhalov], the 1992 Olympic, 1997 European, and 1993, 1994, and 1995 World Champion. Also in contention were Germany’s [Andreas Dittmer], the 1998 World runner-up and 1999 bronze medalist, and Hungary’s [György Kolonics], one of the strongest canoeists from a strong canoeing nation, although his only major international medals in this event were silver at the 1993 World Championships and bronze at the 1997 European Championships. [Ledys Balceiro] of Cuba, meanwhile, had won the title at the most recent edition of the Pan American Games.

Opalev, Kolonics, and Kňazovický finished in that order in the first opening heat and all advanced directly to the final, while Dittmer, Doktor, and Balceiro accomplished the same in the second. The latter’s victories meant that Bukhalov and Slivinsky were relegated to the semi-finals, where they came second and third to Canada’s [Maxime Boilard]. The final was fairly well spread out, with Kolonics, Opalev, and Dittmer crossing the line as the first three finishers with room to breathe. This was Dittmer’s second medal of the Games, after having won the C-1 1000 the day before.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 György Kolonics 28 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Maksim Opalev 21 Russia RUS Silver
3 Andreas Dittmer 28 Germany GER Bronze
4 Maxime Boilard 22 Canada CAN
5 Slavomír Kňazovický 33 Slovakia SVK
6 Ledys Balceiro 25 Cuba CUB
7 Michał Śliwiński 30 Ukraine UKR
8 Martin Doktor 26 Czech Republic CZE
9 Nikolay Bukhalov 33 Bulgaria BUL
4 h1 r2/3 Florin Huidu 24 Romania ROU
5 h1 r2/3 Christian Frederiksen 35 Norway NOR
6 h1 r2/3 Kaysar Nurmaganbetov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h1 r2/3 José Manuel Crespo 28 Spain ESP
8 h1 r2/3 Aleksandr Maseykov 29 Belarus BLR
9 h1 r2/3 Éric le Leuch 29 France FRA
8 h2 r1/3 Andreas Kilingaridis 24 Greece GRE
9 h1 r1/3 Jordan Malloch 22 United States USA
9 h2 r1/3 Michał Gajownik 18 Poland POL