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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom

Canoeing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Whitewater Stadium, Deodoro Olympic Park, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016

Gold: FRA Denis Gargaud Chanut
Silver: SVK Matej BeňuÅ¡
Bronze: JPN Takuya Haneda

Summary

Slovakian [Michal Martikán] and Frenchman [Tony Estanguet] had dominated the Men’s C-1 Slalom since 1996 and, although they were not present in Rio, their compatriots [Matej Beňuš] and [Denis Gargaud Chanut] were positioned to continue their nations’ strong presence in the event. Beňuš had won 13 gold medals at the European and World Championships in the C-1 team, was the 2011 C-1 World bronze medalist, and had earned silver in the C-1 at the 2010 Europeans and bronze in the 2013 and 2015 editions. Chanut was less decorated, but among his C-1 honors were gold at the 2011 World Championships and bronze at the 2011 Europeans. [David Florence] of Great Britain was also a strong contender, having been the 2013 and 2015 World Champion, as well as a silver medalist at the 2008 Summer Games, while Slovenia’s [Benjamin Savšek] was the 2015 European champion, a European bronze medalist in 2012, a World runner-up in 2014 and 2015, and World bronze medalist in 2013.

Germany’s [Sideris Tasiadis], the 2012 European Champion and 2013 and 2015 European runner-up, came out ahead in the preliminary rounds, 1.25 ahead of Chanut and 1.88 ahead of Florence, and was still in front after the semi-finals. In the final, however, Chanut came back to win the gold medal, while Beňuš, who had finished sixth and eighth in the preliminaries and semi-final respectively, made an impressive run that eventually earned him silver. Savšek and Florence both suffered from major penalties, however, and even Tasiadis took a costly two-second hit that paved the way for Japan’s [Takuya Haneda] to win bronze, which was Asia’s first Olympic medal in canoeing. Another notable entrant was Lebanon’s [Richard Merjan] who, despite finishing last, earned distinction as his country’s first Olympic canoeist.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Denis Gargaud Chanut 29 France FRA Gold
2 Matej Beňuš 28 Slovakia SVK Silver
3 Takuya Haneda 29 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Vítězslav Gebas 32 Czech Republic CZE
5 Sideris Tasiadis 26 Germany GER
6 Benjamin Savšek 29 Slovenia SLO
7 Casey Eichfeld 26 United States USA
8 Ander Elosegi 28 Spain ESP
9 José Carvalho 27 Portugal POR
10 David Florence 33 Great Britain GBR
11 Ian Borrows 26 Australia AUS
12 Grzegorz Hedwig 28 Poland POL
13 Aleksandr Lipatov 35 Russia RUS
14 Shu Jianming 26 China CHN
15 Cam Smedley 25 Canada CAN
16 Felipe Borges 21 Brazil BRA
17 Sebastián Rossi 24 Argentina ARG
18 Jean-Pierre Bourhis 21 Senegal SEN
19 Richard Merjan 27 Lebanon LIB