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Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men

Date28 August 1972 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationKanuslalomanlage, Augsburg
Participants37 from 15 countries
FormatTwo runs, best score of two to count.

Canoe slalom singles appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 (and for the last time until 1992) and, unlike in the sprint events, up to three competitors from a single nation were allowed to compete. The reigning World Champion, Siegbert Horn of East Germany, was considered the favorite, although there were many canoeists in contention. After the first run, Horn was in 17th place, while Norbert Sattler of Austria, a 1971 World Champion in the K-1 team, was in first. Behind him were two West Germans, 1971 World bronze medalist in both the K-1 and K-1 team Ulrich Peters and Alfred Baum, another K-1 team bronze medalist from 1971. It was only the best of the two runs that mattered, however, and Horn pulled off a fantastic performance in the second run that edged out Sattler by 2.2 points and earned Horn the gold medal. Sattler settled for silver while another East German, Harald Gimpel, had a surprisingly well-executed run that placed him ahead of Peters and Baum and onto the final podium spot.

PosNrBoatNOCTotal TimeRun OneRun Two
1140Siegbert HornGDR268.56363.20 (17)268.56 (1)Gold
216Norbert SattlerAUT270.76270.76 (1)301.31 (6)Silver
3134Harald GimpelGDR277.95298.11 (5)277.95 (2)Bronze
4185Ulrich PetersFRG282.82282.82 (2)293.10 (4)
5159Alfred BaumFRG288.01288.01 (3)390.72 (26)
6323Marián HavlíčekTCH289.56401.69 (23)289.56 (3)
7366Eric EvansUSA296.34296.34 (4)299.15 (5)
8128Jürgen BremerGDR303.15408.50 (24)303.15 (7)
9402Milan SpasovskiYUG306.71306.71 (6)354.15 (18)
1013Kurt PresslmayrAUT311.36322.10 (9)311.36 (8)
1193Patrick MaccariFRA311.40311.40 (7)369.10 (22)
12222Roberto D'AngeloITA314.21380.44 (21)314.21 (9)
13303Edi HeizSUI316.74330.67 (10)316.74 (10)
14275Jerzy StanuchPOL317.09317.09 (8)480.52 (34)
1517Hans SchlechtAUT319.60379.19 (20)319.60 (11)
1692Eric KoechlinFRA330.87369.17 (18)330.87 (12)
17224Mario Di StazioITA336.04336.04 (11)382.13 (24)
18221Giuseppe D'AngeloITA337.49415.03 (25)337.49 (13)
19370John HollandUSA337.82345.19 (15)337.82 (14)
20335Vlastimil OuředníkTCH338.10338.10 (12)445.92 (32)
2188Alain ColombeFRA339.54439.52 (29)339.54 (15)
22114David MitchellGBR343.02343.02 (13)360.62 (20)
23256Wojciech GawrońskiPOL343.10343.10 (14)355.11 (19)
24214Gerry CollinsIRL347.95522.13 (36)347.95 (16)
25393Dubravko MatakovićYUG351.06383.26 (22)351.06 (17)
26168Jürgen GerlachFRG361.10361.10 (16)362.41 (21)
27301Peter BäniSUI377.41377.41 (19)427.41 (30)
28365Sandy CampbellUSA381.99500.62 (35)381.99 (23)
29397Zlatan IbrahimbegovićYUG390.07427.81 (27)390.07 (25)
30113John MacLeodGBR398.99447.85 (30)398.99 (27)
31355Gogi Nask'idashviliURS404.36479.60 (33)404.36 (28)
32105Raymond CalverleyGBR410.80460.65 (31)410.80 (29)
33302Hanspeter HaslerSUI423.95423.95 (26)444.68 (31)
3448Eric MunshawCAN434.08434.08 (28)536.60 (35)
3551Heinz PoennCAN459.28469.91 (32)459.28 (33)
36231Shoken OkadaJPN496.78496.78 (34)– (37)
3746Hermann KerckhoffCAN595.46640.54 (37)595.46 (36)