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Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date22 – 25 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationPista Olímpico Virgilio Uribe, Canal de Cuemanco, Xochimilco
Participants11 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 4:33.93 / János Parti HUN / 29 August 1960

There were no returning Olympic medalists to the C-1 1000 at the 1968 Summer Games, which left West Germany’s Detlef Lewe, the reigning World and two-time European champion, in an excellent position to claim gold. The only other recent major international medalist in Mexico City was Jiří Čtvrtečka of Czechoslovakia, who had been third at the most recent Europeans. Tibor Tatai and Vitaly Galkov were the representatives from Hungary and the Soviet Union, the other nations who had medalled at the last European and World Championships. In the opening round, Ivan Patzaichin set an Olympic record while winning his heat and relegating Galkov to the repêchage, which he managed to win. Lewe then broke that record in his own heat, besting Tatai and Čtvrtečka in the process, although all qualified. Tatai was dominant in the medal round, however, winning gold ahead of Lewe by a margin of over two seconds, while Lewe was almost the same distance ahead of Galkov. The Soviet, however, did not have the same luxury of open water between him and Čtvrtečka, and he managed to take bronze by a margin of only 0.32 seconds. Patzaichin struggled in the final and came in seventh, but did not go home empty handed, as he was one of the Games’ champions in the C-2 1000.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepFinal
1Tibor TataiHUN4:25.5 (2 h2)4:36.14 (1)Gold
2Detlef LeweFRG4:24.5 (1 h2)4:38.31 (2)Silver
3Vitaly GalkovURS4:35.4 (4 h1)4:34.17 (1)4:40.42 (3)Bronze
4Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:28.3 (3 h2)4:40.74 (4)
5Boris LyubenovBUL4:36.2 (5 h1)4:35.82 (2)4:43.43 (5)
6Ove EmanuelssonSWE4:32.4 (2 h1)4:45.80 (6)
7Ivan PatzaichinROU4:28.3 (1 h1)4:49.32 (7)
8Andreas WeigandUSA4:30.0 (4 h2)4:37.11 (3)4:50.42 (8)
9Christopher HookCAN4:34.9 (3 h1)4:55.88 (9)
4 h1 r2/3Felipe OjedaMEX4:47.3 (6 h1)4:43.20 (4)
5 h1 r2/3Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:33.3 (5 h2)4:54.61 (5)
DNS4Jürgen HarpkeGDR– (DNS h2)

Round One (22 October 1968)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (9:45)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Ivan PatzaichinROU4:28.32:09.8 (2)
2:18.5 (1)
QOB
2Ove EmanuelssonSWE4:32.42:12.0 (3)
2:20.4 (2)
Q
3Christopher HookCAN4:34.92:13.6 (5)
2:21.3 (3)
Q
4Vitaly GalkovURS4:35.42:09.4 (1)
2:26.0 (5)
5Boris LyubenovBUL4:36.22:12.4 (4)
2:23.8 (4)
6Felipe OjedaMEX4:47.32:18.7 (6)
2:28.6 (6)

Heat Two (10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Detlef LeweFRG4:24.5– (–)
– (–)
QOB1
2Tibor TataiHUN4:25.5– (–)
– (–)
Q
3Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:28.3– (–)
– (–)
Q
4Andreas WeigandUSA4:30.0– (–)
– (–)
5Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:33.3– (–)
– (–)
DNSJürgen HarpkeGDR– (–)
– (–)

Repêchage (24 October 1968 — 09:45)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Vitaly GalkovURS4:34.172:10.83 (1)
2:23.34 (3)
Q
2Boris LyubenovBUL4:35.822:17.09 (4)
2:18.73 (1)
Q
3Andreas WeigandUSA4:37.112:15.12 (3)
2:21.99 (2)
Q
4Felipe OjedaMEX4:43.202:12.71 (2)
2:30.49 (4)
5Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:54.612:21.03 (5)
2:33.58 (5)

Final Round (25 October 1968 — 10:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Tibor TataiHUN4:36.142:15.02 (1)
2:21.12 (1)
2Detlef LeweFRG4:38.312:15.50 (2)
2:22.81 (3)
3Vitaly GalkovURS4:40.422:16.06 (3)
2:24.36 (5)
4Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:40.742:18.69 (6)
2:22.05 (2)
5Boris LyubenovBUL4:43.432:19.98 (7)
2:23.45 (4)
6Ove EmanuelssonSWE4:45.802:20.87 (8)
2:24.93 (6)
7Ivan PatzaichinROU4:49.322:17.05 (5)
2:32.27 (8)
8Andreas WeigandUSA4:50.422:21.65 (9)
2:28.77 (7)
9Christopher HookCAN4:55.882:16.39 (4)
2:39.49 (9)