|
| Event type

Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men

Date24 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kopelatodramio Skhoinia, Schinias National Park
Participants28 from 28 countries
Olympic Record 1:37.423 / Antonio Rossi ITA / 4 August 1996

Bulgaria’s Petar Merkov and Israel’s Michael Kolganov, silver and bronze respectively at the 2000 Summer Games, were the only former Olympic medalists to compete at the 2004 edition. They had seen only limited success at major international tournaments since, however, with Merkov having been the runner-up at the 2002 European and World Championships and Kolganov having been the 2001 European silver medalist. Nathan Baggaley of Australia, the 2002 and 2003 World Champion, had seen more success, as had Ákos Vereckei, the 2001, 2002, and 2004 European and 2001 World Champion. Argentina’s Javier Correa, meanwhile, was a two-time victor at the Pan American Games and had been the 2001 World bronze medalist.

It was Norway’s Eirik Verås Larsen, however, a specialist at 1000 metres, who set an Olympic record in the opening heats and defeated Baggaley and Kolganov in the process. Vereckei and Merkov, meanwhile, fell to Great Britain’s Ian Wynne, the 2004 European runner-up, while Correa was bested by Canada’s Adam Van Koeverden. South Africa’s Alan van Coller took the fourth heat. Baggaley led the pack for the first half of the final, but Van Koeverden was constantly on his tail and, at the halfway mark, initiated a charge that took him past the Australian and into the history books as Canada’s first Olympic canoeing champion in twenty years. Baggaley grabbed silver just over half a second later, staving off challenges from Wynne and Larsen, who finished 0.08 and 0.2 seconds later respectively. Van Koeverden thus added gold to the bronze medal he had won the day before in the K-1 1000, while Baggaley would go on to take silver again in the K-2 500 about an hour later.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
149Adam Van KoeverdenCAN1:37.591 (1 h3)1:38.907 (1 h3)1:37.919 (1)Gold
212Nathan BaggaleyAUS1:37.997 (2 h1)1:39.031 (2 h3)1:38.467 (2)Silver
396Ian WynneGBR1:37.341 (1 h2)1:38.911 (1 h2)1:38.547 (3)Bronze
4155Eirik Verås LarsenNOR1:36.905 (1 h1)1:38.361 (1 h1)1:38.667 (4)
5132Ákos VereckeiHUN1:37.589 (2 h2)1:38.737 (2 h1)1:39.315 (5)
6113Lutz AltepostGER1:38.859 (3 h3)1:39.643 (2 h2)1:39.647 (6)
793Bâbak Amir-TahmassebFRA1:39.401 (3 h1)1:40.467 (3 h2)1:40.187 (7)
81Javier CorreaARG1:38.675 (2 h3)1:39.525 (3 h1)1:40.639 (8)
9139Andrea FacchinITA1:40.025 (4 h2)1:40.387 (3 h3)1:41.575 (9)
4 h1 r2/3152Alvydas DuonėlaLTU1:40.365 (3 h4)1:40.253 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3239Rami ZurUSA1:40.349 (2 h4)1:40.727 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3192Alan van CollerRSA1:40.089 (1 h4)1:41.131 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3245Anton RyakhovUZB1:42.253 (6 h2)1:40.737 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3205Simon FähSUI1:42.415 (7 h3)1:41.039 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3216Anders GustafssonSWE1:40.689 (6 h1)1:41.291 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/389Kimmo LatvamäkiFIN1:40.645 (5 h1)1:40.753 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/388Carlos PérezESP1:40.149 (5 h2)1:41.335 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/333Petar MerkovBUL1:38.725 (3 h2)1:42.207 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3195Andrey ShkiotovRUS1:40.809 (7 h1)1:40.765 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3180Emanuel SilvaPOR1:40.067 (4 h3)1:43.051 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/3209Martin ChorváthSVK1:42.383 (6 h3)1:43.095 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/326Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:40.999 (5 h3)1:42.213 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3138Michael KolganovISR1:39.745 (4 h1)1:43.411 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/354Liu HaitaoCHN1:43.337 (7 h2)1:46.179 (8 h3)
9 h1 r2/3173Paweł BaumannPOL1:42.581 (4 h4)1:43.125 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3203Tony LespoirSEY2:02.669 (6 h4)2:04.975 (9 h2)
9 h3 r2/3118Apostolos PapandreouGRE1:44.217 (5 h4)1:46.627 (9 h3)
7 h4 r1/3162Steven FergusonNZL2:06.937 (7 h4)

Round One (24 August 2004 — 08:30-09:10)

Top six in each heat and next fastest three advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Eirik Verås LarsenNOR1:36.90548.25 (3)
48.655 (2)
QOB
2Nathan BaggaleyAUS1:37.99748.06 (1)
49.937 (4)
Q
3Bâbak Amir-TahmassebFRA1:39.40149.65 (4)
49.751 (3)
Q
4Michael KolganovISR1:39.74551.16 (7)
48.585 (1)
Q
5Kimmo LatvamäkiFIN1:40.64550.09 (5)
50.555 (6)
Q
6Anders GustafssonSWE1:40.68950.18 (6)
50.509 (5)
Q
7Andrey ShkiotovRUS1:40.80948.16 (2)
52.649 (7)
q

Heat Two (8:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ian WynneGBR1:37.34148.56 (3)
48.781 (1)
Q
2Ákos VereckeiHUN1:37.58948.47 (2)
49.119 (2)
Q
3Petar MerkovBUL1:38.72548.06 (1)
50.665 (5)
Q
4Andrea FacchinITA1:40.02550.22 (6)
49.805 (3)
Q
5Carlos PérezESP1:40.14949.82 (5)
50.329 (4)
Q
6Anton RyakhovUZB1:42.25349.46 (4)
52.793 (6)
Q
7Liu HaitaoCHN1:43.33750.39 (7)
52.947 (7)
q

Heat Three (8:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Adam Van KoeverdenCAN1:37.59147.76 (1)
49.831 (1)
Q
2Javier CorreaARG1:38.67547.97 (2)
50.705 (3)
Q
3Lutz AltepostGER1:38.85948.82 (3)
50.039 (2)
Q
4Emanuel SilvaPOR1:40.06748.91 (4)
51.157 (5)
Q
5Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:40.99949.64 (6)
51.359 (6)
Q
6Martin ChorváthSVK1:42.38351.23 (7)
51.153 (4)
Q
7Simon FähSUI1:42.41549.53 (5)
52.885 (7)
q

Heat Four (9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Alan van CollerRSA1:40.08950.10 (3)
49.989 (1)
Q
2Rami ZurUSA1:40.34949.87 (2)
50.479 (2)
Q
3Alvydas DuonėlaLTU1:40.36549.47 (1)
50.895 (3)
Q
4Paweł BaumannPOL1:42.58150.51 (4)
52.071 (4)
Q
5Apostolos PapandreouGRE1:44.21750.67 (5)
53.547 (5)
Q
6Tony LespoirSEY2:02.66958.05 (6)
1:04.619 (7)
Q
7Steven FergusonNZL2:06.9371:02.95 (7)
1:03.987 (6)

Semi-Finals (26 August 2004 — 08:30-09:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Eirik Verås LarsenNOR1:38.36148.35 (2)
50.011 (1)
Q
2Ákos VereckeiHUN1:38.73748.60 (4)
50.137 (2)
Q
3Javier CorreaARG1:39.52547.96 (1)
51.565 (6)
Q
4Alvydas DuonėlaLTU1:40.25348.75 (5)
51.503 (5)
5Anton RyakhovUZB1:40.73748.44 (3)
52.297 (7)
6Kimmo LatvamäkiFIN1:40.75350.04 (8)
50.713 (3)
7Andrey ShkiotovRUS1:40.76549.75 (6)
51.015 (4)
8Sebastián CuattrinBRA1:42.21349.84 (7)
52.373 (8)
9Paweł BaumannPOL1:43.12550.39 (9)
52.735 (9)

Heat Two (8:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ian WynneGBR1:38.91147.92 (1)
50.991 (3)
Q
2Lutz AltepostGER1:39.64349.89 (8)
49.753 (1)
Q
3Bâbak Amir-TahmassebFRA1:40.46749.50 (7)
50.967 (2)
Q
4Rami ZurUSA1:40.72748.26 (2)
52.467 (5)
5Simon FähSUI1:41.03949.12 (6)
51.919 (4)
6Carlos PérezESP1:41.33548.36 (3)
52.975 (6)
7Emanuel SilvaPOR1:43.05148.97 (5)
54.081 (7)
8Michael KolganovISR1:43.41148.60 (4)
54.811 (8)
9Tony LespoirSEY2:04.97558.66 (9)
1:06.315 (9)

Heat Three (8:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Adam Van KoeverdenCAN1:38.90747.48 (1)
51.427 (2)
Q
2Nathan BaggaleyAUS1:39.03147.86 (2)
51.171 (1)
Q
3Andrea FacchinITA1:40.38748.95 (5)
51.437 (3)
Q
4Alan van CollerRSA1:41.13148.28 (3)
52.851 (5)
5Anders GustafssonSWE1:41.29149.18 (6)
52.111 (4)
6Petar MerkovBUL1:42.20748.73 (4)
53.477 (6)
7Martin ChorváthSVK1:43.09549.48 (7)
53.615 (7)
8Liu HaitaoCHN1:46.17951.15 (9)
55.029 (8)
9Apostolos PapandreouGRE1:46.62750.93 (8)
55.697 (9)

Final Round (28 August 2004 — 8:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Adam Van KoeverdenCAN1:37.91947.99 (2)
49.929 (4)
2Nathan BaggaleyAUS1:38.46746.99 (1)
51.477 (7)
3Ian WynneGBR1:38.54749.23 (6)
49.317 (1)
4Eirik Verås LarsenNOR1:38.66748.84 (5)
49.827 (3)
5Ákos VereckeiHUN1:39.31548.16 (3)
51.155 (6)
6Lutz AltepostGER1:39.64750.31 (9)
49.337 (2)
7Bâbak Amir-TahmassebFRA1:40.18749.82 (8)
50.367 (5)
8Javier CorreaARG1:40.63948.48 (4)
52.159 (9)
9Andrea FacchinITA1:41.57549.62 (7)
51.955 (8)