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Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men

Date11 – 12 August 2008
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants16 from 16 countries

Two former Olympic champions in the C-1 slalom, Michal Martikán of Slovakia (1996) and Tony Estanguet of France (2000, 2004) were present for the event at the 2008 Summer Games and, at recent international tournaments, they had demonstrated that they had not passed the peak of their careers. Martikán was the 2007 and 2008 European and 2007 World Champion, as well as the 2006 European and World runner-up and the 2005 World bronze medalist. Estanguet, meanwhile, was the 2006 European and World Champion and the 2005 and 2007 World runner-up. Another strong contender was Rob Bell of Australia, the 2005 World Champion and 2007 bronze medalist.

Martikán came out on top of the standings in the qualification round, followed by Jan Benzien of Germany, the 2002 World runner-up and European bronze medalist, and Great Britain’s David Florence, while Estanguet and Bell were sixth and seventh respectively. The Beijing Olympics introduced a one-round semi-final for the remaining 12 participants, which Martikán won, while Estanguet was surprisingly eliminated alongside Benzien. Florence and Bell were fourth and fifth respectively, behind Martikán, Stanislav Ježek of the Czech Republic, and Poland’s Krzysztof Bieryt. Ježek was the 2006 World bronze medalist, as well as the 2008 European runner-up, while Bieryt was the 2004 European runner-up. These five men had the same rankings after the first run of the final, but Ježek and Bieryt were sixth and eighth respectively in the second run, allowing Florence and Bell to claim silver and bronze respectively behind Martikán, who regained his title after 12 years and without having lost a single round.

11Michal MartikánSVK170.15 (1)88.92 (1)176.65 (1)Gold
24David FlorenceGBR171.63 (3)90.46 (4)178.61 (2)Silver
33Rob BellAUS176.45 (7)91.16 (5)180.59 (3)Bronze
410Ander ElosegiESP172.47 (5)92.19 (7)182.12 (4)
55Stanislav JežekCZE172.09 (4)89.85 (2)182.29 (5)
69Benn FrakerUSA179.44 (10)92.27 (8)183.14 (6)
77Christos TsakmakisGRE177.54 (8)92.18 (6)186.67 (7)
88Krzysztof BierytPOL183.29 (12)90.08 (3)200.21 (8)
92Tony EstanguetFRA176.08 (6)93.92 (9)
1013Aleksandr LipatovRUS178.16 (9)94.16 (10)
1115Feng LimingCHN181.99 (11)94.64 (11)
126Jan BenzienGER170.50 (2)95.15 (12)
1312Jamie Garland-CartwrightCAN184.63 (13)
1411Takuya HanedaJPN186.32 (14)
1514Emir MujčinovićCRO189.31 (15)
1616Siboniso CeleRSA262.93 (16)

Qualifying Round

Date11 August 2008
FormatTwo runs. Total points determined placement. Top 12 advanced to semi-finals.
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal Time
116Michal MartikánSVK170.15Q
211Jan BenzienGER170.50Q
313David FlorenceGBR171.63Q
412Stanislav JežekCZE172.09Q
57Ander ElosegiESP172.47Q
615Tony EstanguetFRA176.08Q
714Rob BellAUS176.45Q
810Christos TsakmakisGRE177.54Q
94Aleksandr LipatovRUS178.16
108Benn FrakerUSA179.44
112Feng LimingCHN181.99
129Krzysztof BierytPOL183.29
135Jamie Garland-CartwrightCAN184.63
146Takuya HanedaJPN186.32
153Emir MujčinovićCRO189.31
161Siboniso CeleRSA262.93


Date12 August 2008 — 15:00
FormatOne run. Top eight advanced to final.
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal TimeTimePenalty Seconds
112Michal MartikánSVK88.921:26.922Q
29Stanislav JežekCZE89.851:29.850Q
31Krzysztof BierytPOL90.081:30.080Q
410David FlorenceGBR90.461:28.462Q
56Rob BellAUS91.161:29.162Q
65Christos TsakmakisGRE92.181:30.182Q
78Ander ElosegiESP92.191:30.192Q
83Benn FrakerUSA92.271:32.270Q
97Tony EstanguetFRA93.921:31.922
104Aleksandr LipatovRUS94.161:32.162
112Feng LimingCHN94.641:32.642
1211Jan BenzienGER95.151:33.152

Final Round

Date12 August 2008 — 16:47
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal TimeRun #1Run #2
18Michal MartikánSVK176.6588.92 (1)87.73 (1)
25David FlorenceGBR178.6190.46 (4)88.15 (2)
34Rob BellAUS180.5991.16 (5)89.43 (3)
42Ander ElosegiESP182.1292.19 (7)89.93 (4)
57Stanislav JežekCZE182.2989.85 (2)92.44 (6)
61Benn FrakerUSA183.1492.27 (8)90.87 (5)
73Christos TsakmakisGRE186.6792.18 (6)94.49 (7)
86Krzysztof BierytPOL200.2190.08 (3)110.13 (8)