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:||Denis Gargaud Chanut|
Slovakian [Michal MartikÃ¡n] and Frenchman [Tony Estanguet] had dominated the Menâs C-1 Slalom since 1996 and, although they were not present in Rio, their compatriots [Matej BeÅuÅ¡] and [Denis Gargaud Chanut] were positioned to continue their nationsâ strong presence in the event. BeÅuÅ¡ 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 Sloveniaâs [Benjamin SavÅ¡ek] 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.
Germanyâs [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 BeÅuÅ¡, who had finished sixth and eighth in the preliminaries and semi-final respectively, made an impressive run that eventually earned him silver. SavÅ¡ek and Florence both suffered from major penalties, however, and even Tasiadis took a costly two-second hit that paved the way for Japanâs [Takuya Haneda] to win bronze, which was Asiaâs first Olympic medal in canoeing. Another notable entrant was Lebanonâs [Richard Merjan] who, despite finishing last, earned distinction as his countryâs first Olympic canoeist.
|1||Denis Gargaud Chanut||29||France||FRA||Gold|
|4||VÃtÄzslav Gebas||32||Czech Republic||CZE|
|7||Casey Eichfeld||26||United States||USA|
|10||David Florence||33||Great Britain||GBR|