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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men

Date28 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationBassin olympique, Île Notre Dame, Montréal, Québec
Participants42 from 21 countries

The men’s K-2 500 was held for the first time at the Olympics in 1976 and, having won two of the last three World Championships, the Soviets were favored to take the inaugural crown at the Games. The nation was represented by Vladimir Romanovsky and Serhiy Nahorniy in Montreal. Poland’s Ryszard Oborski and Grzegorz Śledziewski, meanwhile, had won the 1974 World Championships, while Hungary’s József Deme and János Rátkai had been runners-up at the 1973 and 1974 Worlds, as well as in the K-2 1000 at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Romania, the 1973 World bronze medalist, repeated that feat in 1975 with Larion Serghei and Policarp Malîhin and sent them to compete at the 1976 Games. The only other nation to win World medals was East Germany (bronze in 1974, silver in 1975), who was represented by Bernd Olbricht and Joachim Mattern in Montreal.

The opening heats were won by Romania, the Belgian duo of Jean-Pierre Burny and Paul Hoekstra, and the East Germans, the latter of whom posted the round’s fastest time. Hoekstra had competed for the Netherlands through 1970, and had won a silver medal in the Olympic K-2 1000 in 1964, but began representing Belgium in 1971 and, with Burny, was runner-up in the K-2 500 at that year’s World Championships. Hungary and Poland, meanwhile, survived only through the repêchage. The Spanish duo of José Seguín and Guillermo del Riego surprised in the semi-final round by finishing in the fastest time, albeit only 0.01 seconds faster than the Soviets, while the East Germans won the third heat and helped eliminate Poland. The medal round was close, but not overly so, with East Germany, the Soviet Union, and Romania finishing in that order with at least a little breathing room. East Germany and the Soviet Union also won medals in the K-2 1000, but the results were flipped, with the former emerging victorious and the latter completing the course as runners-up.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
176/77Bernd Olbricht / Joachim MatternGDR1:40.14 (1 h2)1:39.06 (1 h2)1:35.87 (1)GoldOB
2204/207Vladimir Romanovsky / Sergey NagornyURS1:40.23 (2 h2)1:38.65 (1 h1)1:36.81 (2)Silver
3173/171Larion Serghei / Policarp MalîhinROU1:43.49 (1 h3)1:40.38 (3 h3)1:37.43 (3)Bronze
449/44José Seguín / Guillermo del RiegoESP1:41.24 (3 h2)1:38.64 (1 h3)1:38.50 (4)
5105/109József Deme / János RátkaiHUN1:42.75 (5 h2)1:42.51 (1 h1)1:38.92 (2 h1)1:38.81 (5)
6229/230Hannu Kojo / Kari MarkkanenFIN1:44.51 (2 h3)1:40.06 (3 h2)1:39.59 (6)
7179/182Anders Andersson / Lars AnderssonSWE1:42.56 (4 h2)1:43.60 (1 h2)1:39.86 (2 h2)1:39.63 (7)
84/5John Southwood / John SumegiAUS1:42.40 (2 h1)1:40.01 (2 h3)1:39.77 (8)
912/15Jean-Pierre Burny / Paul HoekstraBEL1:42.32 (1 h1)1:39.58 (3 h1)1:40.48 (9)
4 h1 r3/420/22Lazar Hristov / Borislav BorisovBUL1:46.02 (3 h3)1:42.21 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4160/162Ryszard Oborski / Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:46.31 (6 h2)1:47.30 (2 h3)1:41.65 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/431/35Denis Barré / Steve KingCAN1:46.47 (4 h3)1:47.21 (1 h3)1:41.47 (4 h3)
5 h1 r3/4123/128Paolo Lepori / Pier Duilio PuccettiITA1:49.59 (5 h3)1:45.30 (2 h2)1:43.51 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/483/92Rudolf Blaß / Erich PaschFRG1:48.89 (7 h1)1:46.12 (3 h1)1:42.64 (5 h2)
5 h3 r3/451/53Bruno Bicocchi / Antoine CiprianiFRA1:45.40 (4 h1)1:44.98 (2 h1)1:43.36 (5 h3)
6 h1 r3/4151/152Rod Gavin / John LeonardNZL1:47.03 (5 h1)1:47.45 (3 h3)1:45.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4100/101Arend Bloem / Lo JacobsNED1:44.88 (3 h1)1:43.63 (6 h2)
6 h3 r3/4137/140Juan Bostelmann / Hermelindo SotoMEX1:48.88 (6 h1)1:45.82 (3 h2)1:44.65 (6 h3)
4 h1 r2/4115/117Declan Burns / Brendan O'ConnellIRL1:56.86 (6 h3)1:47.56 (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/4215/218Michael Johnson / Bill LeachUSA1:55.10 (8 h1)1:49.95 (4 h3)
5 h3 r2/497/94Ng Hin Wan / Hui CheongHKG2:08.70 (7 h3)2:06.42 (5 h3)

Round One (28 July 1976)

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

Heat One (11:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Jean-Pierre Burny / Paul HoekstraBEL1:42.3248.92 (2)
53.40 (1)
QOB
2John Southwood / John SumegiAUS1:42.4048.53 (1)
53.87 (2)
Q
3Arend Bloem / Lo JacobsNED1:44.8849.67 (4)
55.21 (4)
Q
4Bruno Bicocchi / Antoine CiprianiFRA1:45.4050.16 (5)
55.24 (5)
5Rod Gavin / John LeonardNZL1:47.0352.07 (7)
54.96 (3)
6Juan Bostelmann / Hermelindo SotoMEX1:48.8851.53 (6)
57.35 (6)
7Rudolf Blaß / Erich PaschFRG1:48.8949.30 (3)
59.59 (7)
8Michael Johnson / Bill LeachUSA1:55.1052.38 (8)
1:02.72 (8)

Heat Two (11:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bernd Olbricht / Joachim MatternGDR1:40.1449.19 (3)
50.95 (1)
QOB
2Vladimir Romanovsky / Sergey NagornyURS1:40.2348.50 (1)
51.73 (2)
Q
3José Seguín / Guillermo del RiegoESP1:41.2448.82 (2)
52.42 (4)
Q
4Anders Andersson / Lars AnderssonSWE1:42.5649.93 (5)
52.63 (5)
5József Deme / János RátkaiHUN1:42.7550.37 (6)
52.38 (3)
6Ryszard Oborski / Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:46.3149.56 (4)
56.75 (6)

Heat Three (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Larion Serghei / Policarp MalîhinROU1:43.4949.11 (1)
54.38 (1)
Q
2Hannu Kojo / Kari MarkkanenFIN1:44.5150.02 (3)
54.49 (2)
Q
3Lazar Hristov / Borislav BorisovBUL1:46.0250.57 (4)
55.45 (3)
Q
4Denis Barré / Steve KingCAN1:46.4749.54 (2)
56.93 (4)
5Paolo Lepori / Pier Duilio PuccettiITA1:49.5951.26 (5)
58.33 (5)
6Declan Burns / Brendan O'ConnellIRL1:56.8652.00 (6)
1:04.86 (6)
7Ng Hin Wan / Hui CheongHKG2:08.701:00.56 (7)
1:08.14 (7)

Repêchage (28 July 1976)

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

Heat One (17:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1József Deme / János RátkaiHUN1:42.5150.01 (1)
52.50 (1)
Q
2Bruno Bicocchi / Antoine CiprianiFRA1:44.9850.36 (2)
54.62 (2)
Q
3Rudolf Blaß / Erich PaschFRG1:46.1250.69 (3)
55.43 (3)
Q
4Declan Burns / Brendan O'ConnellIRL1:47.5651.60 (4)
55.96 (4)

Heat Two (17:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anders Andersson / Lars AnderssonSWE1:43.6049.70 (1)
53.90 (3)
Q
2Paolo Lepori / Pier Duilio PuccettiITA1:45.3051.80 (2)
53.50 (1)
Q
3Juan Bostelmann / Hermelindo SotoMEX1:45.8252.30 (3)
53.52 (2)
Q

Heat Three (17:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Denis Barré / Steve KingCAN1:47.2148.64 (1)
58.57 (4)
Q
2Ryszard Oborski / Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:47.3048.91 (2)
58.39 (2)
Q
3Rod Gavin / John LeonardNZL1:47.4550.43 (3)
57.02 (1)
Q
4Michael Johnson / Bill LeachUSA1:49.9551.54 (4)
58.41 (3)
5Ng Hin Wan / Hui CheongHKG2:06.4259.63 (5)
1:06.79 (5)

Semi-Finals (30 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vladimir Romanovsky / Sergey NagornyURS1:38.6548.08 (1)
50.57 (2)
QOB
2József Deme / János RátkaiHUN1:38.9248.91 (4)
50.01 (1)
Q
3Jean-Pierre Burny / Paul HoekstraBEL1:39.5848.49 (2)
51.09 (3)
Q
4Lazar Hristov / Borislav BorisovBUL1:42.2148.70 (3)
53.51 (4)
5Paolo Lepori / Pier Duilio PuccettiITA1:43.5149.59 (5)
53.92 (5)
6Rod Gavin / John LeonardNZL1:45.6150.07 (6)
55.54 (6)

Heat Two (11:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bernd Olbricht / Joachim MatternGDR1:39.0648.51 (2)
50.55 (1)
Q
2Anders Andersson / Lars AnderssonSWE1:39.8648.71 (3)
51.15 (3)
Q
3Hannu Kojo / Kari MarkkanenFIN1:40.0649.25 (5)
50.81 (2)
Q
4Ryszard Oborski / Grzegorz ŚledziewskiPOL1:41.6548.97 (4)
52.68 (4)
5Rudolf Blaß / Erich PaschFRG1:42.6448.23 (1)
54.41 (6)
6Arend Bloem / Lo JacobsNED1:43.6349.99 (6)
53.64 (5)

Heat Three (11:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1José Seguín / Guillermo del RiegoESP1:38.6447.61 (2)
51.03 (1)
QOB
2John Southwood / John SumegiAUS1:40.0147.85 (3)
52.16 (2)
Q
3Larion Serghei / Policarp MalîhinROU1:40.3847.33 (1)
53.05 (4)
Q
4Denis Barré / Steve KingCAN1:41.4748.08 (4)
53.39 (5)
5Bruno Bicocchi / Antoine CiprianiFRA1:43.3648.82 (5)
54.54 (6)
6Juan Bostelmann / Hermelindo SotoMEX1:44.6551.66 (6)
52.99 (3)

Final Round (30 July 1976 — 17:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bernd Olbricht / Joachim MatternGDR1:35.8748.05 (=4)
47.82 (1)
OB
2Vladimir Romanovsky / Sergey NagornyURS1:36.8148.05 (=4)
48.76 (2)
3Larion Serghei / Policarp MalîhinROU1:37.4347.37 (2)
50.06 (4)
4José Seguín / Guillermo del RiegoESP1:38.5046.71 (1)
51.79 (7)
5József Deme / János RátkaiHUN1:38.8148.82 (8)
49.99 (3)
6Hannu Kojo / Kari MarkkanenFIN1:39.5949.19 (9)
50.40 (5)
7Anders Andersson / Lars AnderssonSWE1:39.6348.43 (=6)
51.20 (6)
8John Southwood / John SumegiAUS1:39.7747.71 (3)
52.06 (9)
9Jean-Pierre Burny / Paul HoekstraBEL1:40.4848.43 (=6)
52.05 (8)