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
Ukraineâs [Yuriy Cheban] had been the unexpected winner of the Menâs 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 yearâs 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 Spainâs [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 nationâs first Olympic competitor in canoe. In the third semifinal, Brazilâs [Isaquias Queiroz], just two days out of becoming Brazilâs 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 Mozambiqueâs first Olympic canoeists, joining [Mussa Chamaune], who had competed in the C-1 1000 two days earlier.
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