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Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date5 – 9 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia-Regattastrecke, Oberschleißheim, München
Participants13 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 4:24.5 / Detlef Lewe FRG / 22 October 1968

Hungarian Tibor Tatai was the reigning Olympic and World Champion, as well as the last European bronze medalist (the tournament had been discontinued after 1969), but he left the job of defending Hungary’s title at the 1972 Summer Games to Tamás Wichmann, the final European Champion. Poland’s Jerzy Opara and Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Čtvrtečka, the most recent World silver and bronze medalists respectively, were present in Munich, as was West Germany’s Detlef Lewe, the defending Olympic runner-up. Lewe and Wichmann won the opening heats, with the latter doing so in the faster time and sending Čtvrtečka to the repêchage in the process. The final round, however, was dominated by Ivan Patzaichin of Romania, who set his second Olympic record of the Games as he won the gold medal, his first having come in the repêchage. Wichmann came in for silver over three and a half seconds later, while Lewe took bronze. Patzaichin, a 1968 Olympic champion in the C-2 1000, also won silver in that event in Munich.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepFinal
1293Ivan PatzaichinROU6:34.65 (6 h2)4:11.90 (1)4:08.94 (1)GoldOB
2212Tamás WichmannHUN4:29.01 (1 h1)4:12.42 (2)Silver
3180Detlef LeweFRG4:31.79 (1 h2)4:13.63 (3)Bronze
4156Dirk WeiseGDR4:41.04 (3 h2)4:14.38 (4)
5361Vasily YurchenkoURS4:33.34 (2 h2)4:14.43 (5)
637Boris LyubenovBUL4:32.03 (2 h1)4:14.65 (6)
7320Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:54.56 (6 h1)4:14.99 (2)4:14.98 (7)
8235Roberto AltamiranoMEX4:34.52 (4 h1)4:15.24 (3)4:20.39 (8)
9266Jerzy OparaPOL4:32.39 (3 h1)4:21.05 (9)
4 h1 r2/394Jean-François MillotFRA4:52.30 (4 h2)4:20.70 (4)
5 h1 r2/353John WoodCAN4:56.70 (7 h1)4:24.40 (5)
6 h1 r2/3386András TörőUSA4:39.92 (5 h1)4:25.23 (6)
7 h1 r2/3233Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:53.66 (5 h2)4:36.34 (7)

Round One (5 September 1972 — 9:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Tamás WichmannHUN4:29.012:11.47 (1)
2:17.54 (1)
Q
2Boris LyubenovBUL4:32.032:12.39 (4)
2:19.64 (2)
Q
3Jerzy OparaPOL4:32.392:12.19 (3)
2:20.20 (3)
Q
4Roberto AltamiranoMEX4:34.522:13.41 (5)
2:21.11 (4)
5András TörőUSA4:39.922:17.38 (7)
2:22.54 (5)
6Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:54.562:11.90 (2)
2:42.66 (7)
7John WoodCAN4:56.702:15.38 (6)
2:41.32 (6)

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Detlef LeweFRG4:31.792:13.46 (1)
2:18.33 (1)
Q
2Vasily YurchenkoURS4:33.342:14.70 (2)
2:18.64 (2)
Q
3Dirk WeiseGDR4:41.042:15.37 (3)
2:25.67 (3)
Q
4Jean-François MillotFRA4:52.302:23.18 (4)
2:29.12 (4)
5Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:53.662:23.42 (5)
2:30.24 (5)
6Ivan PatzaichinROU6:34.65– (–)
– (–)

Repêchage (8 September 1972 — 9:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Ivan PatzaichinROU4:11.902:03.11 (3)
2:08.79 (1)
QOB
2Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:14.992:02.46 (2)
2:12.53 (3)
Q
3Roberto AltamiranoMEX4:15.242:04.00 (4)
2:11.24 (2)
Q
4Jean-François MillotFRA4:20.702:02.11 (1)
2:18.59 (4)
5John WoodCAN4:24.402:05.42 (5)
2:18.98 (5)
6András TörőUSA4:25.232:06.14 (6)
2:19.09 (6)
7Tetsumasa YamaguchiJPN4:36.342:10.76 (7)
2:25.58 (7)

Final Round (9 September 1972 — 10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m
1Ivan PatzaichinROU4:08.942:02.69 (2)
2:06.25 (1)
OB
2Tamás WichmannHUN4:12.422:02.99 (3)
2:09.43 (2)
3Detlef LeweFRG4:13.632:02.49 (1)
2:11.14 (7)
4Dirk WeiseGDR4:14.382:04.89 (7)
2:09.49 (3)
5Vasily YurchenkoURS4:14.432:03.83 (4)
2:10.60 (5)
6Boris LyubenovBUL4:14.652:03.95 (5)
2:10.70 (6)
7Jiří ČtvrtečkaTCH4:14.982:04.43 (6)
2:10.55 (4)
8Roberto AltamiranoMEX4:20.392:06.39 (9)
2:14.00 (8)
9Jerzy OparaPOL4:21.052:05.13 (8)
2:15.92 (9)