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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men

Date28 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationBassin olympique, Île Notre Dame, Montréal, Québec
Participants18 from 18 countries

The men’s K-1 500 was held for the first time at the Olympics in 1976 and, with 1973 and 1975 World Champion Géza Csapó of Hungary competing in the K-1 1000 instead, the path seemed open for Romania’s Vasile Dîba, the 1974 World Champion and 1975 runner-up, to take the inaugural Olympic title. Hungary, meanwhile, sent Zoltán Sztanity, a 1960 Olympic champion in the K-1 4 x 500 metres relay. Another contender was Poland’s Grzegorz Śledziewski, bronze medalist in the event at the last three World Championships. Śledziewski won his heat in the opening round, but the fastest time went to Dîba by a margin of 0.13 seconds. Sztanity, meanwhile, came in second in a heat won by Rüdiger Helm of East Germany. Sztanity was again second in the semi-finals, this time to Śledziewski, while Helm was runner-up to Sergey Lizunov of the Soviet Union, who posted the round’s fastest time by the slimmest of margins, 0.01 seconds, over Śledziewski. Dîba won the third heat and, more importantly, the final, by emerging victorious by 0.54 seconds in a battle against Sztanity over the final stretch. Helm had his own challenges in claiming bronze, having to stave off Śledziewski and Spain’s Herminio Menéndez: only 0.19 seconds separated these canoeists as they crossed the finish line. Helm’s medal was one of three that he won at the Games, as he was also champion in the K-1 1000 and a bronze medalist in the K-4 1000, while Dîba also took bronze in the K-1 1000.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
1167Vasile DîbaROU1:54.14 (1 h3)1:53.64 (1 h3)1:46.41 (1)GoldOB
2113Zoltán SztanityHUN1:57.12 (2 h2)1:53.79 (2 h1)1:46.95 (2)Silver
374Rüdiger HelmGDR1:56.06 (1 h2)1:53.21 (2 h2)1:48.30 (3)Bronze
446Herminio MenéndezESP1:55.23 (2 h1)1:54.66 (2 h3)1:48.40 (4)
5162Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:54.27 (1 h1)1:52.39 (1 h1)1:48.49 (5)
6202Sergey LizunovURS1:54.47 (2 h3)1:52.38 (1 h2)1:49.21 (6)
7127Oreste PerriITA1:55.39 (3 h1)1:53.99 (3 h2)1:50.27 (7)
867Doug ParnhamGBR1:58.36 (3 h2)1:56.14 (3 h3)1:50.33 (8)
959Alain LebasFRA2:05.46 (7 h1)1:53.41 (3 h2)1:54.64 (3 h1)1:50.48 (9)
4 h1 r3/424Ivan ManevBUL1:57.90 (3 h3)1:57.30 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/436Dean OldershawCAN2:01.04 (5 h1)1:53.32 (1 h2)1:54.88 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/414Gaëtan FrysBEL1:59.29 (4 h2)1:53.35 (2 h2)1:57.30 (4 h3)
5 h1 r3/4195Ladislav SoučekTCH1:59.06 (4 h1)1:53.20 (1 h1)2:00.38 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4143Harald NilsenNOR2:10.88 (5 h3)1:55.77 (3 h1)1:58.78 (5 h2)
5 h3 r3/486Hans EichFRG2:11.37 (5 h2)1:54.23 (2 h1)2:04.63 (5 h3)
4 h1 r2/4217Henry KrawczykUSA2:04.64 (6 h1)2:03.25 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4150Ian FergusonNZL1:59.18 (4 h3)1:53.65 (4 h2)
5 h2 r2/498Ng Tsuen ManHKG2:18.31 (6 h2)2:07.25 (5 h2)

Round One (28 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:54.2754.40 (1)
59.87 (2)
QOB
2Herminio MenéndezESP1:55.2355.69 (3)
59.54 (1)
Q
3Oreste PerriITA1:55.3955.35 (2)
1:00.04 (3)
Q
4Ladislav SoučekTCH1:59.0656.37 (5)
1:02.69 (4)
5Dean OldershawCAN2:01.0457.13 (7)
1:03.91 (5)
6Henry KrawczykUSA2:04.6456.10 (4)
1:08.54 (6)
7Alain LebasFRA2:05.4656.82 (6)
1:08.64 (7)

Heat Two (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Rüdiger HelmGDR1:56.0655.80 (1)
1:00.26 (1)
Q
2Zoltán SztanityHUN1:57.1256.29 (2)
1:00.83 (3)
Q
3Doug ParnhamGBR1:58.3657.26 (3)
1:01.10 (4)
Q
4Gaëtan FrysBEL1:59.2958.61 (4)
1:00.68 (2)
5Hans EichFRG2:11.3759.86 (5)
1:11.51 (5)
6Ng Tsuen ManHKG2:18.311:02.83 (6)
1:15.48 (6)

Heat Three (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vasile DîbaROU1:54.1455.08 (1)
59.06 (1)
QOB
2Sergey LizunovURS1:54.4755.33 (2)
59.14 (2)
Q
3Ivan ManevBUL1:57.9057.90 (4)
1:00.00 (3)
Q
4Ian FergusonNZL1:59.1855.98 (3)
1:03.20 (4)
5Harald NilsenNOR2:10.8858.53 (5)
1:12.35 (5)

Repêchage (28 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (16:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ladislav SoučekTCH1:53.2052.91 (1)
1:00.29 (2)
QOB
2Hans EichFRG1:54.2354.83 (3)
59.40 (1)
Q
3Harald NilsenNOR1:55.7753.35 (2)
1:02.42 (3)
Q
4Henry KrawczykUSA2:03.2557.02 (4)
1:06.23 (4)

Heat Two (16:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Dean OldershawCAN1:53.3254.13 (1)
59.19 (4)
Q
2Gaëtan FrysBEL1:53.3558.30 (4)
55.05 (1)
Q
3Alain LebasFRA1:53.4155.58 (3)
57.83 (2)
Q
4Ian FergusonNZL1:53.6554.82 (2)
58.83 (3)
5Ng Tsuen ManHKG2:07.2559.05 (5)
1:08.20 (5)

Semi-Finals (30 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:52.3954.08 (1)
58.31 (2)
QOB
2Zoltán SztanityHUN1:53.7954.85 (2)
58.94 (3)
Q
3Alain LebasFRA1:54.6456.65 (4)
57.99 (1)
Q
4Ivan ManevBUL1:57.3055.55 (3)
1:01.75 (4)
5Ladislav SoučekTCH2:00.3857.24 (5)
1:03.14 (5)

Heat Two (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Sergey LizunovURS1:52.3852.85 (1)
59.53 (1)
QOB
2Rüdiger HelmGDR1:53.2153.66 (2)
59.55 (2)
Q
3Oreste PerriITA1:53.9954.41 (3)
59.58 (3)
Q
4Dean OldershawCAN1:54.8854.91 (4)
59.97 (4)
5Harald NilsenNOR1:58.7856.28 (5)
1:02.50 (5)

Heat Three (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vasile DîbaROU1:53.6455.28 (2)
58.36 (1)
Q
2Herminio MenéndezESP1:54.6654.71 (1)
59.95 (3)
Q
3Doug ParnhamGBR1:56.1456.15 (3)
59.99 (4)
Q
4Gaëtan FrysBEL1:57.3058.68 (4)
58.62 (2)
5Hans EichFRG2:04.6359.12 (5)
1:05.51 (5)

Final Round (30 July 1976 — 16:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vasile DîbaROU1:46.4151.18 (1)
55.23 (3)
OB
2Zoltán SztanityHUN1:46.9551.88 (2)
55.07 (2)
3Rüdiger HelmGDR1:48.3052.16 (3)
56.14 (5)
4Herminio MenéndezESP1:48.4053.72 (9)
54.68 (1)
5Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:48.4952.42 (=4)
56.07 (4)
6Sergey LizunovURS1:49.2152.68 (=6)
56.53 (6)
7Oreste PerriITA1:50.2752.42 (=4)
57.85 (9)
8Doug ParnhamGBR1:50.3352.68 (=6)
57.65 (8)
9Alain LebasFRA1:50.4853.04 (8)
57.44 (7)