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Canadian Singles, 500 metres, Men

Date6 – 10 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Participants13 from 13 countries

Unlike the 1980 American-led boycott, which had had a limited impact on the canoeing events, the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics severely depleted the field in the sport. This was especially noticeable in the men’s C-1 500, as the top five nations from the last edition were absent, as were those who had won eight of the last nine medals at the World Championships, the lone exception being Romania’s Costică Olaru, the reigning World Champion. This put him in an excellent position to win gold, but otherwise the field was wide open. Olaru posted the fastest time in the opening round, while Denmark’s Henning Lynge Jakobsen took the other heat. These two men also took the semi-final heats, with Canada’s Larry Cain nabbing the third. Cain was surprisingly dominant in the final, and won gold nearly a second and a half ahead of Jakobsen, who in turn was almost the same distance ahead of Olaru. The Romanian, meanwhile, had much more difficulty in fending off a challenge from France’s Philippe Renaud, and hung on to third place by a margin of only 0.09 seconds. Cain’s gold medal was Canada’s first in canoeing since Frank Amyot won the C-1 1000 in 1936, and would be followed up by Hugh Fisher and Alwyn Morris the next day in theK-2 1000. Cain and Jakobsen went on to earn medals in the C-1 1000 the following day, although they were demoted to silver and bronze respectively.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
118Larry CainCAN2:04.30 (2 h2)2:02.60 (1 h3)1:57.01 (1)Gold
238Henning Lynge JakobsenDEN2:05.09 (1 h1)2:01.42 (1 h1)1:58.45 (2)Silver
3140Costică OlaruROU2:03.49 (1 h2)2:02.62 (1 h2)1:59.86 (3)Bronze
465Philippe RenaudFRA2:07.90 (4 h1)2:10.44 (3 h1)2:03.30 (3 h1)1:59.95 (4)
549Timo GrönlundFIN2:06.11 (2 h1)2:03.36 (2 h3)2:01.00 (5)
6107Kiyoto InoueJPN2:06.61 (3 h1)2:03.55 (2 h2)2:01.79 (6)
768Hartmut FaustFRG2:05.95 (3 h2)2:02.60 (2 h1)2:01.86 (7)
8123Robert RozanskiNOR2:13.21 (6 h1)2:08.30 (1 h1)2:06.87 (3 h3)2:02.12 (8)
941Francisco LópezESP2:08.01 (5 h2)2:09.72 (2 h1)2:04.38 (3 h2)2:03.95 (9)
4 h1 r3/486Steve TrainGBR2:08.80 (5 h1)2:12.69 (1 h2)2:06.01 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4164Rob PlankenhornUSA2:07.20 (4 h2)2:13.18 (2 h2)2:04.54 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/4149Göran BacklundSWE2:15.72 (6 h2)2:21.81 (3 h2)2:14.08 (4 h3)
4 h1 r2/4112Yun Hui-ChunKOR2:40.92 (7 h2)2:51.38 (4 h1)

Round One (6 August 1984)

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

Heat One (8:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Henning Lynge JakobsenDEN2:05.091:00.54 (1)
1:04.55 (2)
Q
2Timo GrönlundFIN2:06.111:01.77 (4)
1:04.34 (1)
Q
3Kiyoto InoueJPN2:06.611:01.59 (3)
1:05.02 (3)
Q
4Philippe RenaudFRA2:07.901:01.15 (2)
1:06.75 (5)
5Steve TrainGBR2:08.801:03.66 (6)
1:05.14 (4)
6Robert RozanskiNOR2:13.211:03.09 (5)
1:10.12 (6)

Heat Two (8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Costică OlaruROU2:03.4959.86 (1)
1:03.63 (1)
Q
2Larry CainCAN2:04.301:00.12 (2)
1:04.18 (2)
Q
3Hartmut FaustFRG2:05.951:01.70 (5)
1:04.25 (3)
Q
4Rob PlankenhornUSA2:07.201:01.26 (4)
1:05.94 (4)
5Francisco LópezESP2:08.011:01.03 (3)
1:06.98 (5)
6Göran BacklundSWE2:15.721:04.86 (6)
1:10.86 (6)
7Yun Hui-ChunKOR2:40.921:17.35 (7)
1:23.57 (7)

Repêchage (6 August 1984)

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

Heat One (17:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Robert RozanskiNOR2:08.301:03.22 (1)
1:05.08 (1)
Q
2Francisco LópezESP2:09.721:03.52 (2)
1:06.20 (3)
Q
3Philippe RenaudFRA2:10.441:05.00 (3)
1:05.44 (2)
Q
4Yun Hui-ChunKOR2:51.381:25.30 (4)
1:26.08 (4)

Heat Two (17:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Steve TrainGBR2:12.691:07.22 (1)
1:05.47 (2)
Q
2Rob PlankenhornUSA2:13.181:08.52 (2)
1:04.66 (1)
Q
3Göran BacklundSWE2:21.811:11.52 (3)
1:10.29 (3)
Q

Semi-Finals (8 August 1984)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (8:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Henning Lynge JakobsenDEN2:01.4259.39 (2)
1:02.03 (1)
Q
2Hartmut FaustFRG2:02.6058.96 (1)
1:03.64 (3)
Q
3Philippe RenaudFRA2:03.301:00.17 (3)
1:03.13 (2)
Q
4Steve TrainGBR2:06.011:01.71 (4)
1:04.30 (4)

Heat Two (8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Costică OlaruROU2:02.6259.36 (1)
1:03.26 (1)
Q
2Kiyoto InoueJPN2:03.5559.68 (2)
1:03.87 (3)
Q
3Francisco LópezESP2:04.381:00.78 (4)
1:03.60 (2)
Q
4Rob PlankenhornUSA2:04.541:00.16 (3)
1:04.38 (4)

Heat Three (8:45)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Larry CainCAN2:02.6058.63 (1)
1:03.97 (1)
Q
2Timo GrönlundFIN2:03.3659.27 (2)
1:04.09 (2)
Q
3Robert RozanskiNOR2:06.871:01.03 (3)
1:05.84 (3)
Q
4Göran BacklundSWE2:14.081:04.42 (4)
1:09.66 (4)

Final Round (10 August 1984 — 8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Larry CainCAN1:57.0156.37 (1)
1:00.64 (3)
2Henning Lynge JakobsenDEN1:58.4558.21 (4)
1:00.24 (2)
3Costică OlaruROU1:59.8657.80 (3)
1:02.06 (5)
4Philippe RenaudFRA1:59.9559.82 (7)
1:00.13 (1)
5Timo GrönlundFIN2:01.0058.80 (5)
1:02.20 (6)
6Kiyoto InoueJPN2:01.791:00.19 (8)
1:01.60 (4)
7Hartmut FaustFRG2:01.8657.22 (2)
1:04.64 (9)
8Robert RozanskiNOR2:02.1259.45 (6)
1:02.67 (7)
9Francisco LópezESP2:03.951:00.44 (9)
1:03.51 (8)