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Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012

Gold: FRA Tony Estanguet
Silver: GER Sideris Tasiadis
Bronze: SVK Michal Martikán


Going into London, the two favorites to take gold in the men’s C-1 slalom were Slovakia’s [Michal Martikán] and France’s [Tony Estanguet]; between them they had won every Olympic gold medal in the event since 1996. Martikán had taken it in 1996 and 2008 alongside silver medals in 2000 and 2004, making him the most decorated Olympic slalom competitor, and was the individual (1997, 2002, 2003, 2007) and team (1997, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011) World Champion a total of nine times. Estanguet was Olympic Champion in 2000 and 2004 and World Champion for the individual event in 2006, 2009, and 2010, with team victories in 2005 and 2007. The hometown favorite for Britain was [David Florence], who was ranked #1 in the discipline worldwide and had won silver in the event at the 2008 Games.

Martikán exited the preliminary rounds with the fastest time, but fell to fourth in the semi-finals in a round won by Germany’s [Sideris Tasiadis]. Florence hit a gate during this part of the event and incurred a two-second penalty to his time, enough to drop him from seventh place to tenth and outside of the advancing field. Martikán had a solid run in the final, but was overtaken by Estanguet, who won the event. An excellent run by Tasiadis earned him the silver medal, leaving the Slovakian competitor with bronze, the first time he had ever finished below runner-up in an Olympic tournament.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tony Estanguet 34 France FRA Gold
2 Sideris Tasiadis 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Michal Martikán 33 Slovakia SVK Bronze
4 Ander Elosegi 24 Spain ESP
5 Stanislav Ježek 35 Czech Republic CZE
6 Kynan Maley 30 Australia AUS
7 Takuya Haneda 25 Japan JPN
8 Benjamin Savšek 25 Slovenia SLO
9 Grzegorz Kiljanek 27 Poland POL
10 David Florence 29 Great Britain GBR
11 Aleksandr Lipatov 31 Russia RUS
12 Teng Zhiqiang 20 China CHN
13 Stefano Cipressi 29 Italy ITA
14 Casey Eichfeld 22 United States USA
15 Khristos Tsakmakis 24 Greece GRE
16 Sebastián Rossi 20 Argentina ARG
17 Rafail Vergoyazov 18 Kazakhstan KAZ