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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Singles, 200 metres

Canoeing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 19, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: GBR Liam Heath
Silver: FRA Maxime Beaumont
Bronze: GER Ronald Rauhe
ESP Saúl Craviotto

Summary

Since winning bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Canadian [Mark de Jonge] had established himself as the man to beat in the Men’s K-1 200. He had moved up to second at the 2013 World Championships, before taking the title in 2014 and 2015 and setting a world record in the process. One potential competitor was Spain’s [Saúl Craviotto], who had been the runner-up in London and was already in top form after winning the K-2 200 earlier in the Games. Great Britain’s [Ed McKeever] was the champion in London, but in Rio his nation was represented by [Liam Heath], the 2016 European Champion, who had already won a silver medal in the K-2 200.

Of these three competitors, only Heath managed to win his preliminary heat. Craviotto finished behind [Maxime Beaumont] of France, the 2015 World runner-up, while de Jonge was third in a heat won by Germany’s [Ronald Rauhe], a decorated canoeist with five K-1 200 World Championship titles dating back to 2001. De Jonge struggled again the semifinals, placing fourth in his heat behind Heath, Rauhe, and Craviotto and avoiding elimination by a mere 0.003 seconds. Beaumont was the winner of the other semifinal. In the final, Beaumount started in the lead was soon passed by Heath, who held on to capture gold a mere 0.165 seconds ahead of the Frenchman. In the race for bronze, it appeared at first that Craviotto had barely edged out Rauhe, but a closer examination of the finish revealed that they had both crossed the line at exactly 35.662 seconds, and thus both were awarded third place.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Liam Heath 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Maxime Beaumont 34 France FRA Silver
3T Saúl Craviotto 31 Spain ESP Bronze
3T Ronald Rauhe 34 Germany GER Bronze
5 Aleksejs Rumjancevs 30 Latvia LAT
6 Manfredi Rizza 25 Italy ITA
7 Mark de Jonge 32 Canada CAN
8 Stephen Bird 28 Australia AUS
9 Ignas Navakauskas 26 Lithuania LTU
10 Petter Menning 28 Sweden SWE
11 César de Cesare 36 Ecuador ECU
12 Cho Gwang-Hee 22 South Korea KOR
13 Marko Novaković 27 Serbia SRB
14 Yevgeny Lukantsov 24 Russia RUS
15 Péter Molnár 30 Hungary HUN
16 Rubén Voisard 25 Argentina ARG
17 Fidel Antonio Vargas 24 Cuba CUB
18 Paweł Kaczmarek 20 Poland POL
19 Filip Šváb 33 Czech Republic CZE
20 Edson da Silva 34 Brazil BRA
21 Aleksey Dergunov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ
22 Karim El-Sayed 21 Egypt EGY