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Canadian Singles, 500 metres, Men

Date27 September – 1 October 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Participants18 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 1:49.934 / Martin Doktor CZE / 4 August 1996

Maksim Opalev of Russia was the reigning European and two-time World Champion in the C-1 500 and a favorite to win gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The field in Sydney was strong, however, and included Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, the defending Olympic and 1997 World Champion, as well as the most recent World and two-time European runner-up, Slavomír Kňazovický of Slovakia, the 1996 Olympic runner-up, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Slivinsky, the 1989, 1990, and 1991 World Champion, 1988 and 1992 Olympic runner-up, and 1997 and 1998 World bronze medalist, and Bulgaria’s Nikolay Bukhalov, the 1992 Olympic, 1997 European, and 1993, 1994, and 1995 World Champion. Also in contention were Germany’s Andreas Dittmer, the 1998 World runner-up and 1999 bronze medalist, and Hungary’s György Kolonics, one of the strongest canoeists from a strong canoeing nation, although his only major international medals in this event were silver at the 1993 World Championships and bronze at the 1997 European Championships. Ledys Balceiro of Cuba, meanwhile, had won the title at the most recent edition of the Pan American Games.

Opalev, Kolonics, and Kňazovický finished in that order in the first opening heat and all advanced directly to the final, while Dittmer, Doktor, and Balceiro accomplished the same in the second. The latter’s victories meant that Bukhalov and Slivinsky were relegated to the semi-finals, where they came second and third to Canada’s Maxime Boilard. The final was fairly well spread out, with Kolonics, Opalev, and Dittmer crossing the line as the first three finishers with room to breathe. This was Dittmer’s second medal of the Games, after having won the C-1 1000 the day before.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1György KolonicsHUN1:51.492 (2 h1)2:24.813 (1)Gold
2Maksim OpalevRUS1:51.048 (1 h1)2:25.809 (2)Silver
3Andreas DittmerGER1:50.340 (1 h2)2:27.591 (3)Bronze
4Maxime BoilardCAN1:52.764 (5 h2)1:52.071 (1)2:29.259 (4)
5Slavomír KňazovickýSVK1:52.146 (3 h1)2:29.613 (5)
6Ledys BalceiroCUB1:51.918 (3 h2)2:32.229 (6)
7Mykhailo SlivinskyUKR1:53.682 (6 h2)1:52.461 (3)2:33.129 (7)
8Martin DoktorCZE1:51.174 (2 h2)2:37.467 (8)
9Nikolay BukhalovBUL1:51.996 (4 h2)1:52.371 (2)2:44.289 (9)
4 h1 r2/3Florin HuiduROU1:53.076 (4 h1)1:53.277 (4)
5 h1 r2/3Christian FrederiksenNOR1:54.366 (6 h1)1:53.661 (5)
6 h1 r2/3Kaysar NurmaganbetovKAZ1:55.422 (8 h1)1:54.465 (6)
7 h1 r2/3José Manuel CrespoESP1:53.862 (5 h1)1:54.765 (7)
8 h1 r2/3Aliaksandr MasiaikouBLR1:54.468 (7 h1)1:55.035 (8)
9 h1 r2/3Éric le LeuchFRA1:53.934 (7 h2)1:56.907 (9)
8 h2 r1/3Andreas KilingaridisGRE1:57.858 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3Jordan MallochUSA1:58.938 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3Michał GajownikPOL2:04.704 (9 h2)

Round One (27 September 2000)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to the final. Places 4-7 and fastest eighth advanced to the semi-final.

Heat One (9:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Maksim OpalevRUS1:51.04852.37 (1)
58.678 (6)
Q
2György KolonicsHUN1:51.49254.41 (4)
57.082 (1)
Q
3Slavomír KňazovickýSVK1:52.14653.85 (2)
58.296 (3)
Q
4Florin HuiduROU1:53.07654.83 (5)
58.246 (2)
q
5José Manuel CrespoESP1:53.86255.23 (6)
58.632 (5)
q
6Christian FrederiksenNOR1:54.36656.01 (8)
58.356 (4)
q
7Aliaksandr MasiaikouBLR1:54.46854.17 (3)
1:00.298 (8)
q
8Kaysar NurmaganbetovKAZ1:55.42255.59 (7)
59.832 (7)
q
9Jordan MallochUSA1:58.93857.33 (9)
1:01.608 (9)

Heat Two (9:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Andreas DittmerGER1:50.34053.66 (1)
56.68 (2)
Q
2Martin DoktorCZE1:51.17453.95 (2)
57.224 (3)
Q
3Ledys BalceiroCUB1:51.91854.39 (3)
57.528 (5)
Q
4Nikolay BukhalovBUL1:51.99655.39 (5)
56.606 (1)
q
5Maxime BoilardCAN1:52.76454.81 (4)
57.954 (7)
q
6Mykhailo SlivinskyUKR1:53.68255.85 (6)
57.832 (6)
q
7Éric le LeuchFRA1:53.93456.43 (7)
57.504 (4)
q
8Andreas KilingaridisGRE1:57.85857.55 (9)
1:00.308 (8)
9Michał GajownikPOL2:04.70457.06 (8)
1:07.644 (9)

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000 — 10:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Maxime BoilardCAN1:52.07155.85 (6)
56.221 (1)
Q
2Nikolay BukhalovBUL1:52.37154.86 (2)
57.511 (4)
Q
3Mykhailo SlivinskyUKR1:52.46155.40 (4)
57.061 (2)
Q
4Florin HuiduROU1:53.27754.40 (1)
58.877 (7)
5Christian FrederiksenNOR1:53.66156.27 (8)
57.391 (3)
6Kaysar NurmaganbetovKAZ1:54.46555.63 (5)
58.835 (6)
7José Manuel CrespoESP1:54.76554.98 (3)
59.785 (8)
8Aliaksandr MasiaikouBLR1:55.03557.23 (9)
57.805 (5)
9Éric le LeuchFRA1:56.90756.06 (7)
1:00.847 (9)

Final Round (1 October 2000 — 9:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1György KolonicsHUN2:24.8131:14.530 (4)
1:10.283 (1)
2Maksim OpalevRUS2:25.8091:13.590 (2)
1:12.219 (3)
3Andreas DittmerGER2:27.5911:15.500 (5)
1:12.091 (2)
4Maxime BoilardCAN2:29.2591:16.010 (6)
1:13.249 (4)
5Slavomír KňazovickýSVK2:29.6131:12.490 (1)
1:17.123 (6)
6Ledys BalceiroCUB2:32.2291:16.790 (7)
1:15.439 (5)
7Mykhailo SlivinskyUKR2:33.1291:14.130 (3)
1:18.999 (7)
8Martin DoktorCZE2:37.4671:17.490 (8)
1:19.977 (8)
9Nikolay BukhalovBUL2:44.2891:19.270 (9)
1:25.019 (9)