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Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date31 July – 2 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationGrebnoy kanal, Sportivny komplex Krylatskoye, Moskva
Participants12 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 4:08.94 / Ivan Patzaichin ROU / 9 September 1972

Matija Ljubek of Yugoslavia was the defending Olympic and 1978 World Champion, while Tamás Wichmann of Hungary was the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist and reigning World Champion, as well as the 1978 World runner-up. Both were present in at the 1980 Summer Olympics to vie for gold, but there were an array of strong challengers in the field. The 1977 World Champion and 1978 and 1979 World bronze medalist nation of Romania was represented by Lipat Varabiev, while the 1976 Olympic and 1977 World runner-up Soviet Union sent Serhiy Postriekhin. Bulgaria’s Lyubomir Lyubenov, meanwhile, was the most recent World runner-up.

Varabiev defeated both Lyubenov and Postriekhin in the first opening heat, while Wichmann took the second and helped relegate Ljubek to the repêchage, where he advanced as the slowest qualifier. Lyubenov was surprisingly powerful in the final, however, and won gold with little trouble, while Postriekhin came in for silver with breathing room in both directions. These two competitors thus traded places from the previous day’s C-1 500, which had been won by the Soviet. There was a more exciting battle for the final podium spot, but it was not between any of the favorites. Libor Dvořák of Czechoslovakia and Eckhard Leue of East Germany were very close as they approached the finish line, but the latter edged out the former to capture the bronze medal.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepFinal
126Lyubomir LyubenovBUL4:06.82 (2 h1)4:12.38 (1)Gold
2157Sergey PostrekhinURS4:07.39 (3 h1)4:13.53 (2)Silver
370Eckhard LeueGDR4:04.09 (2 h2)4:15.02 (3)Bronze
4145Libor DvořákTCH4:07.85 (4 h1)4:20.15 (2)4:15.25 (4)
5127Lipat VarabievROU4:06.13 (1 h1)4:16.68 (5)
641Timo GrönlundFIN4:11.11 (5 h1)4:19.82 (1)4:17.37 (6)
7135Thomas FalkSWE4:04.97 (3 h2)4:20.66 (7)
8165Matija LjubekYUG4:05.21 (4 h2)4:20.51 (3)4:22.40 (8)
993Tamás WichmannHUN4:02.79 (1 h2)4:45.30 (9)
4 h1 r2/3107Marek ŁbikPOL4:13.34 (5 h2)4:20.87 (4)
5 h1 r2/362Willie ReichensteinGBR4:28.18 (6 h1)4:29.72 (5)
AC h1 r1/334Hans Christian LassenDEN4:20.56 (AC h1)
DNS53Pierre LangloisFRA– (DNS h2)

Round One (31 July 1980 — 10:40)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Lipat VarabievROU4:06.1358.26 (3)
1:01.93 (2)
2:00.19 (2)
1:02.59 (2)
3:02.78 (2)
1:03.35 (1)
QOB
2Lyubomir LyubenovBUL4:06.8257.69 (2)
1:03.04 (5)
2:00.73 (3)
1:01.75 (1)
3:02.48 (1)
1:04.34 (4)
Q
3Sergey PostrekhinURS4:07.3957.24 (1)
1:02.68 (4)
1:59.92 (1)
1:03.18 (4)
3:03.10 (3)
1:04.29 (3)
Q
4Libor DvořákTCH4:07.851:00.05 (5)
1:01.34 (1)
2:01.39 (4)
1:02.95 (3)
3:04.34 (4)
1:03.51 (2)
5Timo GrönlundFIN4:11.1159.16 (4)
1:02.49 (3)
2:01.65 (5)
1:03.99 (5)
3:05.64 (5)
1:05.47 (5)
6Willie ReichensteinGBR4:28.181:01.28 (6)
1:07.45 (6)
2:08.73 (6)
1:10.20 (6)
3:18.93 (6)
1:09.25 (6)
ACHans Christian LassenDEN4:20.561:00.84 (7)
1:03.03 (–)
2:03.87 (7)
1:07.07 (–)
3:10.94 (7)
[1:09.62] (–)
DQ

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Tamás WichmannHUN4:02.7959.04 (2)
1:02.20 (2)
2:01.24 (2)
1:00.94 (1)
3:02.18 (2)
1:00.61 (1)
QOB
2Eckhard LeueGDR4:04.0957.69 (1)
1:01.70 (1)
1:59.39 (1)
1:01.85 (4)
3:01.24 (1)
1:02.85 (4)
Q
3Thomas FalkSWE4:04.971:01.07 (5)
1:02.24 (3)
2:03.31 (5)
1:00.99 (2)
3:04.30 (4)
1:00.67 (2)
Q
4Matija LjubekYUG4:05.2159.99 (4)
1:02.45 (4)
2:02.44 (4)
1:01.31 (3)
3:03.75 (3)
1:01.46 (3)
5Marek ŁbikPOL4:13.3459.34 (3)
1:02.58 (5)
2:01.92 (3)
1:02.80 (5)
3:04.72 (5)
1:08.62 (5)
DNSPierre LangloisFRA– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)

Repêchage (2 August 1980 — 10:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Timo GrönlundFIN4:19.821:02.88 (3)
1:07.81 (4)
2:10.69 (4)
1:09.88 (5)
3:20.57 (5)
59.25 (1)
Q
2Libor DvořákTCH4:20.151:02.71 (2)
1:06.04 (1)
2:08.75 (1)
1:06.34 (2)
3:15.09 (1)
1:05.06 (4)
Q
3Matija LjubekYUG4:20.511:02.52 (1)
1:07.04 (2)
2:09.56 (2)
1:06.40 (3)
3:15.96 (2)
1:04.55 (3)
Q
4Marek ŁbikPOL4:20.871:03.09 (4)
1:07.07 (3)
2:10.16 (3)
1:06.74 (4)
3:16.90 (3)
1:03.97 (2)
5Willie ReichensteinGBR4:29.721:03.55 (5)
1:09.58 (5)
2:13.13 (5)
1:04.35 (1)
3:17.48 (4)
1:12.24 (5)

Final Round (2 August 1980 — 16:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Lyubomir LyubenovBUL4:12.3859.55 (2)
1:04.34 (5)
2:03.89 (2)
1:03.94 (3)
3:07.83 (2)
1:04.55 (2)
2Sergey PostrekhinURS4:13.5358.68 (1)
1:03.30 (1)
2:01.98 (1)
1:05.21 (5)
3:07.19 (1)
1:06.34 (8)
3Eckhard LeueGDR4:15.021:00.44 (3)
1:05.24 (6)
2:05.68 (5)
1:04.18 (4)
3:09.86 (3)
1:05.16 (4)
4Libor DvořákTCH4:15.251:02.26 (6)
1:04.22 (4)
2:06.48 (6)
1:03.90 (2)
3:10.38 (4)
1:04.87 (3)
5Lipat VarabievROU4:16.681:00.68 (4)
1:03.59 (3)
2:04.27 (3)
1:06.68 (8)
3:10.95 (5)
1:05.73 (6)
6Timo GrönlundFIN4:17.371:04.19 (9)
1:06.44 (8)
2:10.63 (9)
1:03.11 (1)
3:13.74 (7)
1:03.63 (1)
7Thomas FalkSWE4:20.661:03.35 (7)
1:05.42 (7)
2:08.77 (7)
1:05.96 (6)
3:14.73 (8)
1:05.93 (7)
8Matija LjubekYUG4:22.401:03.58 (8)
1:06.70 (9)
2:10.28 (8)
1:06.64 (7)
3:16.92 (9)
1:05.48 (5)
9Tamás WichmannHUN4:45.301:01.48 (5)
1:03.54 (2)
2:05.02 (4)
1:08.07 (9)
3:13.09 (6)
1:32.21 (9)