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Canoeing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: NOR Knut Holmann
Silver: BUL Petar Merkov
Bronze: ISR Michael Kolganov


Hungary had won the men’s K-1 500 at the last three editions of the World Championships, most recently with [Ákos Vereckei], its entry for the event at the 2000 Summer Olympics. [Petar Merkov] of Bulgaria was the most recent European Champion and World runner-up, while Norway’s [Knut Holmann] the 1996 runner-up and 1992 bronze medalist, was the only returning Olympic medalist. [Javier Correa] of Argentina, meanwhile, had taken the title at the 1999 Pan American Games. Vereckei, Merkov, and Correa won their opening heats, but Holmann was defeated by [Grzegorz Kotowicz] of Poland, the 1997 and 1999 World runner-up and bronze medalist respectively. Holmann was again bested in the semi-finals, this time by Vereckei, while Merkov captured his heat and Kotowicz came in third behind Germany’s [Lutz Liwowski], the 1998 World bronze medalist, and Spain’s [Jovino González]. Correa placed sixth in the latter heat and was eliminated. [Michael Kolganov] of Israel, the 1998 World runner-up, had a fantastic start in the final and sizeable lead through the first half of the course, but was eventually passed by Holmann and Merkov and thus settled for bronze. This was Israel’s first and, as of 2012, only Olympic canoeing medal, and was somewhat of a consolation for the one that he had missed by 0.042 seconds the previous day in the K-1 1000. Holmann and Merkov, meanwhile, had managed to repeat their performances from that event in the K-1 500.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Knut Holmann 32 Norway NOR Gold
2 Petar Merkov 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Michael Kolganov 25 Israel ISR Bronze
4 Ákos Vereckei 23 Hungary HUN
5 Lutz Liwowski 33 Germany GER
6 Jovino González 24 Spain ESP
7 Alvydas Duonėla 24 Lithuania LTU
8 Alan van Coller 33 South Africa RSA
9 Grzegorz Kotowicz 27 Poland POL
4 h1 r2/3 Geza Magyar 27 Romania ROU
4 h2 r2/3 Nathan Baggaley 24 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/3 Ian Wynne 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Pavel Hottmar 21 Czech Republic CZE
5 h2 r2/3 Kimmo Latvamäki 24 Finland FIN
5 h3 r2/3 Anatoly Tishchenko 30 Russia RUS
6 h1 r2/3 Antonio Scaduto 22 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/3 Róbert Erban 28 Slovakia SVK
6 h3 r2/3 Javier Correa 24 Argentina ARG
7 h1 r2/3 Mihai Apostol 29 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Ognjen Filipović 26 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
7 h3 r2/3 Anders Svensson 23 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r2/3 Stein Jorgensen 38 United States USA
8 h2 r2/3 Nam Sung-Ho 24 South Korea KOR
8 h3 r2/3 Anton Ryakhov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
9 h1 r2/3 Hain Helde 28 Estonia EST
9 h3 r2/3 Adrian Bachmann 24 Switzerland SUI
AC h2 r2/3 Vladimir Grushikhin 29 Armenia ARM
7 h2 r1/3 Sergey Sergin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h1 r1/3 Roger Caumo 21 Brazil BRA
8 h3 r1/3 Nader Eivazi Khiarak 25 Iran IRI
8 h4 r1/3 Gary Mawer 30 Ireland IRL