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Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: AUS Ken Wallace
Silver: CAN Adam Van Koeverden
Bronze: GBR Tim Brabants


No one had taken the men’s K-1 500 title more than once at the European and World Championships since the last Olympics, leaving the field for the event at the 2008 Summer Games fairly open. The defending champion was Canada’s [Adam Van Koeverden], who was also the reigning World Champion and the 2005 bronze medalist. The only other returning Olympic medalist was Israel’s [Michael Kolganov], but his last major international medal in this discipline had come at the 1998 World Championships. Nonetheless he won his opening heat, as did Van Koeverden in world record time, while the other two were taken by [Tim Brabants] of Great Britain, the 2007 European champion and World runner-up, and Hungary’s [Ákos Vereckei], the 2005 European champion. Van Koeverden also won his semi-final heat, while Brabants was third in a heat won by New Zealand’s [Steven Ferguson]. In the final heat, taken by 2005 European bronze medalist [Stjepan Janić] of Croatia, Vereckei came in third wihle Kolganov was eliminated. The final was an incredibly close an exciting race, with all nine competitors finishing within one and a half seconds, but the surprise winner was [Ken Wallace] of Australia, a relatively unknown canoeist who had won bronze in the K-1 1000 the day before. Van Koeverden and Brabants, meanwhile, came in for silver and bronze respectively, a second medal for the Briton who had won the K-1 1000 the previous day.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ken Wallace 25 Australia AUS Gold
2 Adam Van Koeverden 26 Canada CAN Silver
3 Tim Brabants 31 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Eirik Verås Larsen 32 Norway NOR
5 Anton Ryakhov 28 Russia RUS
6 Ákos Vereckei 30 Hungary HUN
7 Anders Gustafsson 29 Sweden SWE
8 Steven Ferguson 28 New Zealand NZL
9 Stjepan Janić 27 Croatia CRO
4 h1 r2/3 Shaun Rubenstein 24 South Africa RSA
4 h2 r2/3 Michele Zerial 21 Italy ITA
4 h3 r2/3 Michael Kolganov 33 Israel ISR
5 h1 r2/3 Emanuel Silva 22 Portugal POR
5 h2 r2/3 Marek Twardowski 28 Poland POL
5 h3 r2/3 Arnaud Hybois 26 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Rami Zur 31 United States USA
6 h2 r2/3 Jonas Ems 21 Germany GER
6 h3 r2/3 Kasper Bleibach 24 Denmark DEN
7 h1 r2/3 Manuel Cortina 25 Mexico MEX
7 h2 r2/3 Miguel Correa 24 Argentina ARG
7 h3 r2/3 Dmitry Torlopov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h1 r2/3 Jorge García 20 Cuba CUB
8 h2 r2/3 Pan Yao 19 China CHN
8 h3 r2/3 Phone Myint Tayzar 30 Myanmar MYA
9 h1 r2/3 Assane Fall 24 Senegal SEN
9 h3 r2/3 Alcino Silva 17 Sao Tome and Principe STP
DNS h2 r2/3 Rudolf Berking-Williams 29 Samoa SAM
7 h2 r1/3 Tony Lespoir 31 Seychelles SEY
7 h3 r1/3 Koutoua Abia 42 Cote d'Ivoire CIV