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Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: HUN Attila Vajda
Silver: ESP David Cal
Bronze: CAN Thomas Hall


Only two men had won more than one major international title in the C-1 1000 since the 2004 Summer Olympics, both of whom had also been medalists at those Games. Germany’s [Andreas Dittmer], the 2000 Olympic champion and 2004 runner-up, had been the 2005 European and World Champion, as well as the 2006 European and World runner-up. Hungary’s [Attila Vajda], the 2004 bronze medalist, was the 2007 European and World Champion, as well as the 2006 World bronze medalist. Spain’s [David Cal], the defending Olympic champion, had been the 2005 World runner-up and the 2007 European and World bronze medalist. Mexico’s [José Cristóbal], meanwhile, was the winner of the event at the most recent Pan American Games, as well as at the 2006 World Championships.

Vajda and Cal won their opening round heats, the latter defeating Dittmer in the process, and advanced directly to the final alongside Uzbekistan’s [Vadim Menkov]. Cristóbal, meanwhile, was relegated to the semi-finals, where he was eliminated. Vajda took command of the final and won the gold medal with over two seconds of open water behind him. Cal came in for silver while Canada’s [Thomas Hall], the 2003 Pan American Games champion, captured bronze ahead of Menkov. Cal would go on to earn another silver medal the following day in the C-1 500.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Attila Vajda 25 Hungary HUN Gold
2 David Cal 25 Spain ESP Silver
3 Thomas Hall 26 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Vadim Menkov 21 Uzbekistan UZB
5 Aleksandr Zhukovsky 28 Belarus BLR
6 Florin Mironcic 27 Romania ROU
7 Mathieu Goubel 28 France FRA
8 Andreas Dittmer 36 Germany GER
9 Aldo Pruna 25 Cuba CUB
4 h1 r2/3 Viktor Melantev 22 Russia RUS
4 h2 r2/3 Marcin Grzybowski 29 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/3 Marián Ostrčil 27 Slovakia SVK
5 h2 r2/3 Andreas Kilingaridis 32 Greece GRE
6 h1 r2/3 José Cristóbal 21 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r2/3 Torsten Lachmann 26 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/3 Yuriy Cheban 22 Ukraine UKR
7 h2 r2/3 Nivalter Jesus 20 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/3 Mikhail Yemelyanov 17 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h2 r2/3 Calvin Mokoto 19 South Africa RSA
9 h1 r2/3 Miķelis Ežmalis 17 Latvia LAT
9 h2 r2/3 Fortunato Pacavira 30 Angola ANG
8 h1 r1/3 Sean Pangelinan 21 Guam GUM