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Men's Kayak Singles, 200 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: GBR Ed McKeever
Silver: ESP Saúl Craviotto
Bronze: CAN Mark de Jonge


The men’s K-1 200 was one of four new canoe events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and Germany’s [Ronald Rauhe] had long been dominant in the discipline on the international stage; of his thirteen World Championship victories, five (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2009) were in the K-1 200. His prowess had waned somewhat in recent years, however, and several canoeists had stepped up to take the crown. Among them were [Ed McKeever] of Great Britain, 2010 World Champion, and [Piotr Siemionowski] of Poland, the reigning World Champion. With the event’s appearance at the Olympic Games, however, many experienced paddlers had thrown their hats in the ring to contend for the title, ensuring that there would be plenty of worthy challengers vying for the title.

McKeever’s hometown advantage was immediately evident, as he posted the fastest time in the heats amid tough competition. In the semi-finals, however, Canada’s [Mark de Jonge] and Spain’s [Saúl Craviotto] were able to complete the course quicker. De Jonge was a relatively unheralded paddler, with his only major international medals having come in different events at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games, but Craviotto was a two-time World Champion in the K-1 4x200 metres and an Olympic champion in the K-2 500, certainly making him a prospect for a podium spot in the K-1 200. McKeever posted the third-fastest time and won his semifinal heat, but Siemionowski was eliminated and Rauhe just barely survived to the medal round. In the final McKeever led after the initial burst from the start and never relented, capturing the gold medal without any serious challenge. Craviotto’s effort earned him silver while De Jonge edged out France’s [Maxime Beaumont] by three-hundredths of a second to win the bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ed McKeever 28 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Saúl Craviotto 27 Spain ESP Silver
3 Mark de Jonge 28 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Maxime Beaumont 30 France FRA
5 Yevgeny Salakhov 33 Russia RUS
6 Miklós Dudás 21 Hungary HUN
7 Marko Novaković 23 Serbia SRB
8 Ronald Rauhe 30 Germany GER
9 Kasper Bleibach 28 Denmark DEN
10 Egidijus Balčiūnas 37 Lithuania LTU
11 Momotaro Matsushita 24 Japan JPN
12 César de Cesare 32 Ecuador ECU
13 Maxime Richard 24 Belgium BEL
14 Piotr Siemionowski 24 Poland POL
15 Tim Hornsby 26 United States USA
16 Zhou Yubo 24 China CHN
17 Murray Stewart 26 Australia AUS
18 Mohamed Mrabet 22 Tunisia TUN
19 Joshua Utanga 24 Cook Islands COK
20 Mostafa Sa'id 23 Egypt EGY