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Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008

Gold: SVK Michal Martikán
Silver: GBR David Florence
Bronze: AUS Rob Bell


Two former Olympic champions in the C-1 slalom, [Michal Martikán] of Slovakia (1996) and [Tony Estanguet] of France (2000, 2004) were present for the event at the 2008 Summer Games and, at recent international tournaments, they had demonstrated that they had not passed the peak of their careers. Martikán was the 2007 and 2008 European and 2007 World Champion, as well as the 2006 European and World runner-up and the 2005 World bronze medalist. Estanguet, meanwhile, was the 2006 European and World Champion and the 2005 and 2007 World runner-up. Another strong contender was [Rob Bell] of Australia, the 2005 World Champion and 2007 bronze medalist.

Martikán came out on top of the standings in the qualification round, followed by [Jan Benzien] of Germany, the 2002 World runner-up and European bronze medalist, and Great Britain’s [David Florence], while Estanguet and Bell were sixth and seventh respectively. The Beijing Olympics introduced a one-round semi-final for the remaining 12 participants, which Martikán won, while Estanguet was surprisingly eliminated alongside Benzien. Florence and Bell were fourth and fifth respectively, behind Martikán, [Stanislav Ježek] of the Czech Republic, and Poland’s [Krzysztof Bieryt]. Ježek was the 2006 World bronze medalist, as well as the 2008 European runner-up, while Bieryt was the 2004 European runner-up. These five men had the same rankings after the first run of the final, but Ježek and Bieryt were sixth and eighth respectively in the second run, allowing Florence and Bell to claim silver and bronze respectively behind Martikán, who regained his title after 12 years and without having lost a single round.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michal Martikán 29 Slovakia SVK Gold
2 David Florence 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Rob Bell 30 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ander Elosegi 20 Spain ESP
5 Stanislav Ježek 31 Czech Republic CZE
6 Benn Fraker 19 United States USA
7 Khristos Tsakmakis 20 Greece GRE
8 Krzysztof Bieryt 34 Poland POL
9 Tony Estanguet 30 France FRA
10 Aleksandr Lipatov 27 Russia RUS
11 Feng Liming 21 China CHN
12 Jan Benzien 26 Germany GER
13 James Cartwright 32 Canada CAN
14 Takuya Haneda 21 Japan JPN
15 Emir Mujčinović 29 Croatia CRO
16 Siboniso Cele 23 South Africa RSA