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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 200 metres

Canoeing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016

Gold: UKR Yuriy Cheban
Silver: AZE Valentin Demyanenko
Bronze: BRA Isaquias Queiroz


Ukraine’s [Yuriy Cheban] had been the unexpected winner of the Men’s C-1 200 at the 2012 Summer Olympics and, although he had only won one major international medal in the event since then, gold at the 2014 World Championships, he was still considered a contender in Rio. Meanwhile [Valentin Demyanenko], formerly of Ukraine and now competing for Azerbaijan, was out to redeem himself after entering London as the favorite but exiting as the only canoeist eliminated in the preliminaries. Since then he had won the 2013 World Championships and been runner-up at that year’s European Championships. Also a potential threat was Russian [Andrey Kraytor], the 2015 and 2016 European Champion and 2013 bronze medalist.

While Kraitor and Demyanenko won their preliminary heats, with the latter posting the fastest time of the round, Cheban conserved his strength in a heat won by Spain’s [Alfonso Benavides], the 2014 European runner-up and 2013 World bronze medalist. [Thomas Simart] of France took the final heat. Kraitor defeated Simart in the semifinals, while both Demyanenko and Cheban finished behind Georgian [Zaza Nadiradze], a somewhat surprising result as he was his nation’s first Olympic competitor in canoe. In the third semifinal, Brazil’s [Isaquias Queiroz], just two days out of becoming Brazil’s first Olympic canoeing medalist with his silver in the C-1 1000, pulled in ahead of Benavides. The final was an intense affair with most competitors bunched together and every podium spot up for grabs. When the waves had settled, Cheban had successfully defended his title with only 0.214 seconds between him and silver medalists Demyaneko and less than a second ahead of Simart, who finished last. He had also set an Olympic record of 39.279. Queiroz took bronze in a photo finish only 0.021 seconds ahead of Benavides and, with the silver medal he would earn in the C-2 1000, would become the first Brazilian to win three Olympic medals in one edition of the Games. Another notable competitor was [Joaquim Lobo] who, despite finishing slowest in the preliminaries, earned distinction as one of Mozambique’s first Olympic canoeists, joining [Mussa Chamaune], who had competed in the C-1 1000 two days earlier.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuriy Cheban 30 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Valentin Demyanenko 32 Azerbaijan AZE Silver
3 Isaquias Queiroz 22 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Alfonso Benavides 25 Spain ESP
5 Zaza Nadiradze 22 Georgia GEO
6 Andrey Kraytor 23 Russia RUS
7 Li Qiang 27 China CHN
8 Thomas Simart 28 France FRA
9 Martin Fuksa 23 Czech Republic CZE
10 Jonatán Hajdu 20 Hungary HUN
11 Henrikas Žustautas 22 Lithuania LTU
12 Oleg Tarnovschi 24 Moldova MDA
13 Hélder Silva 29 Portugal POR
14 Timur Khaydarov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 Carlo Tacchini 21 Italy ITA
16 Marcos Pulido 20 Mexico MEX
17 Adel Mojallalimoghadam 23 Iran IRI
18 Angel Kodinov 18 Bulgaria BUL
19 Stefan Kiraj 27 Germany GER
20 Mark Oldershaw 33 Canada CAN
21 Dagnis Iļjins 23 Latvia LAT
22 Tomasz Kaczor 26 Poland POL
23 Khaled Houcine 26 Tunisia TUN
24 Ferenc Szekszárdi 36 Australia AUS
25 Joaquim Lobo 21 Mozambique MOZ