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
|Bronze:|| Ronald Rauhe
Since winning bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Canadian [Mark de Jonge] had established himself as the man to beat in the Menâs 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 Spainâs [SaÃºl 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 Britainâs [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 Germanyâs [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.
|1||Liam Heath||31||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|7||Mark de Jonge||32||Canada||CAN|
|11||CÃ©sar de Cesare||36||Ecuador||ECU|
|12||Cho Gwang-Hee||22||South Korea||KOR|
|17||Fidel Antonio Vargas||24||Cuba||CUB|
|19||Filip Å vÃ¡b||33||Czech Republic||CZE|
|20||Edson da Silva||34||Brazil||BRA|