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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men

Date31 July – 4 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationLake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Participants26 from 26 countries
Olympic Record 1:40.34 / Mikko Kolehmainen FIN / 7 August 1992

The field for the men’s K-1 500 at the 1996 Summer Olympics was fairly open, as results in the event at the World Championships had been fairly inconsistent. The last three World Champions had been Mikko Kolehmainen of Finland, who was also the defending Olympic champion, Sergey Kalesnik of Belarus, who was also the 1995 runner-up, and Poland’s Piotr Markiewicz. Norway’s Knut Holmann, meanwhile, was the most recent Olympic bronze medalist. It was Italy’s Antonio Rossi, however, who posted the fastest time in the opening round, leaving Kolehmainen in third behind German Lutz Liwowski. Markiewicz and Kalesnik, meanwhile, were third behind Geza Magyar of Romania, while Holmann took the third heat. In the first semi-final heat, Rossi not only defeated Holmann, Kolehmainen, Markiewicz, but helped eliminate Kalesnik and did so in Olympic record time. Liwowski and Magyar, meanwhile, were the first two finishers in the other heat. Rossi then took charge of the final, winning in Olympic record time and almost a second ahead of everyone else, while the race for the final podium spots came down to a battle between Holmann, Markiewicz, Magyar, and Liwowski, who finished in that order within 0.97 seconds of each other. Rossi thus became a double Olympic champion, having won the K-2 1000 the previous day, while Holmann added silver to the gold medal he had won in the K-1 1000.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
1184Antonio RossiITA1:40.411 (1 h3)1:39.185 (1 h1)1:37.423 (1)GoldOB
2220Knut HolmannNOR1:41.524 (1 h2)1:39.929 (2 h1)1:38.339 (2)Silver
3235Piotr MarkiewiczPOL1:42.731 (2 h1)1:41.565 (5 h1)1:38.615 (3)Bronze
4246Geza MagyarROU1:42.391 (1 h1)1:40.615 (2 h2)1:38.975 (4)
5136Lutz LiwowskiGER1:41.079 (2 h3)1:40.319 (1 h2)1:39.307 (5)
6103Miguel GarcíaESP1:42.180 (3 h2)1:40.687 (3 h2)1:40.047 (6)
7115Mikko KolehmainenFIN1:41.171 (3 h3)1:40.765 (3 h1)1:40.331 (7)
8278Róbert ErbanSVK1:43.563 (5 h1)1:43.184 (1 h1)1:41.425 (4 h1)1:40.407 (8)
9014Cameron McFadzeanAUS1:42.160 (2 h2)1:41.083 (4 h2)1:41.023 (9)
5 h2 r3/4262Sergey VerlinRUS1:45.228 (6 h2)1:43.359 (4 h2)1:41.791 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4059Renn CrichlowCAN1:42.652 (4 h2)1:43.055 (2 h2)1:41.749 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4308Vladyslav TereshchenkoUKR1:45.523 (7 h3)1:44.143 (5 h2)1:41.883 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4155Zoltán AntalHUN1:43.343 (4 h1)1:43.343 (3 h2)1:41.873 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4007Javier CorreaARG1:42.691 (4 h3)1:44.076 (3 h1)1:42.071 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4031Siarhei KalesnikBLR1:43.279 (3 h1)1:42.505 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4321Mike HerbertUSA1:44.763 (6 h3)1:43.384 (2 h1)1:42.335 (8 h2)
9 h1 r3/4032Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:44.328 (5 h2)1:44.204 (4 h1)1:43.045 (9 h1)
9 h2 r3/4036Petar MerkovBUL1:43.815 (5 h3)1:42.851 (1 h2)1:42.379 (9 h2)
5 h1 r2/4114Hain HeldeEST1:47.316 (7 h2)1:44.340 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/4128Ivan LawlerGBR1:48.991 (7 h1)1:45.220 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4192Yevgeny YegorovKAZ1:47.823 (6 h1)1:47.035 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/4344Petar SibinkićSCG1:45.799 (8 h3)1:46.532 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4294Tom KrantzSWE1:49.695 (8 h1)1:47.815 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/4072Koutoua AbiaCIV1:55.208 (9 h2)1:53.432 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4332Aleksandr PopovUZB1:56.827 (9 h3)1:51.623 (8 h2)
9 h2 r2/4242José GarciaPOR1:52.760 (8 h2)1:56.103 (9 h2)

Round One (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Geza MagyarROU1:42.39149.78 (2)
52.611 (2)
Q
2Piotr MarkiewiczPOL1:42.73149.45 (1)
53.281 (4)
Q
3Siarhei KalesnikBLR1:43.27950.94 (5)
52.339 (1)
Q
4Zoltán AntalHUN1:43.34350.55 (4)
52.793 (3)
5Róbert ErbanSVK1:43.56350.20 (3)
53.363 (5)
6Yevgeny YegorovKAZ1:47.82352.16 (6)
55.663 (7)
7Ivan LawlerGBR1:48.99155.44 (8)
53.551 (6)
8Tom KrantzSWE1:49.69552.46 (7)
57.235 (8)

Heat Two (9:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Knut HolmannNOR1:41.52449.49 (1)
52.034 (3)
Q
2Cameron McFadzeanAUS1:42.16050.73 (3)
51.430 (1)
Q
3Miguel GarcíaESP1:42.18050.10 (2)
52.080 (4)
Q
4Renn CrichlowCAN1:42.65251.01 (4)
51.642 (2)
5Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:44.32851.31 (5)
53.018 (5)
6Sergey VerlinRUS1:45.22851.61 (6)
53.618 (6)
7Hain HeldeEST1:47.31651.99 (7)
55.326 (7)
8José GarciaPOR1:52.76055.70 (9)
57.060 (8)
9Koutoua AbiaCIV1:55.20853.14 (8)
1:02.068 (9)

Heat Three (9:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Antonio RossiITA1:40.41148.18 (1)
52.231 (4)
Q
2Lutz LiwowskiGER1:41.07950.05 (4)
51.029 (1)
Q
3Mikko KolehmainenFIN1:41.17149.44 (2)
51.731 (2)
Q
4Javier CorreaARG1:42.69150.84 (6)
51.851 (3)
5Petar MerkovBUL1:43.81549.73 (3)
54.085 (6)
6Mike HerbertUSA1:44.76351.96 (8)
52.803 (5)
7Vladyslav TereshchenkoUKR1:45.52351.20 (7)
54.323 (7)
8Petar SibinkićSCG1:45.79950.53 (5)
55.269 (8)
9Aleksandr PopovUZB1:56.82753.19 (9)
1:03.637 (9)

Repêchage (31 July 1996)

Top four in each heat and fastest fifth advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (14:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Róbert ErbanSVK1:43.18450.71 (2)
52.474 (2)
Q
2Mike HerbertUSA1:43.38450.54 (1)
52.844 (5)
Q
3Javier CorreaARG1:44.07652.18 (7)
51.896 (1)
Q
4Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:44.20451.46 (5)
52.744 (4)
Q
5Hain HeldeEST1:44.34051.83 (6)
52.510 (3)
6Ivan LawlerGBR1:45.22051.05 (3)
54.170 (6)
7Petar SibinkićSCG1:46.53251.25 (4)
55.282 (7)
8Koutoua AbiaCIV1:53.43252.38 (8)
1:01.052 (8)

Heat Two (14:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Petar MerkovBUL1:42.85150.82 (2)
52.031 (3)
Q
2Renn CrichlowCAN1:43.05550.56 (1)
52.495 (4)
Q
3Zoltán AntalHUN1:43.34351.70 (5)
51.643 (1)
Q
4Sergey VerlinRUS1:43.35951.34 (4)
52.019 (2)
Q
5Vladyslav TereshchenkoUKR1:44.14351.10 (3)
53.043 (5)
q
6Yevgeny YegorovKAZ1:47.03552.09 (6)
54.945 (6)
7Tom KrantzSWE1:47.81552.64 (8)
55.175 (7)
8Aleksandr PopovUZB1:51.62352.44 (7)
59.183 (8)
9José GarciaPOR1:56.10353.37 (9)
1:02.733 (9)

Semi-Finals (2 August 1996)

Top four in each heat and fastest fifth advanced to the final.

Heat One (9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Antonio RossiITA1:39.18548.01 (1)
51.175 (2)
QOB
2Knut HolmannNOR1:39.92948.55 (2)
51.379 (3)
Q
3Mikko KolehmainenFIN1:40.76549.07 (3)
51.695 (6)
Q
4Róbert ErbanSVK1:41.42549.96 (6)
51.465 (4)
Q
5Piotr MarkiewiczPOL1:41.56549.35 (4)
52.215 (8)
q
6Renn CrichlowCAN1:41.74950.63 (8)
51.119 (1)
7Zoltán AntalHUN1:41.87350.27 (7)
51.603 (5)
8Siarhei KalesnikBLR1:42.50549.66 (5)
52.845 (9)
9Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:43.04550.99 (9)
52.055 (7)

Heat Two (9:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Lutz LiwowskiGER1:40.31948.95 (2)
51.369 (3)
Q
2Geza MagyarROU1:40.61548.62 (1)
51.995 (7)
Q
3Miguel GarcíaESP1:40.68750.00 (6)
50.687 (1)
Q
4Cameron McFadzeanAUS1:41.08349.24 (3)
51.843 (6)
Q
5Sergey VerlinRUS1:41.79150.83 (9)
50.961 (2)
6Vladyslav TereshchenkoUKR1:41.88350.30 (7)
51.583 (4)
7Javier CorreaARG1:42.07149.74 (5)
52.331 (8)
8Mike HerbertUSA1:42.33550.56 (8)
51.775 (5)
9Petar MerkovBUL1:42.37949.49 (4)
52.889 (9)

Final Round (4 August 1996 — 9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Antonio RossiITA1:37.42347.27 (1)
50.153 (3)
OB
2Knut HolmannNOR1:38.33948.40 (4)
49.939 (2)
3Piotr MarkiewiczPOL1:38.61548.69 (5)
49.925 (1)
4Geza MagyarROU1:38.97547.89 (2)
51.085 (6)
5Lutz LiwowskiGER1:39.30748.15 (3)
51.157 (8)
6Miguel GarcíaESP1:40.04749.54 (8)
50.507 (4)
7Mikko KolehmainenFIN1:40.33148.96 (6)
51.371 (9)
8Róbert ErbanSVK1:40.40749.27 (7)
51.137 (7)
9Cameron McFadzeanAUS1:41.02350.08 (9)
50.943 (5)