| Event type

Kayak Singles, Slalom, Men

Date11 – 12 August 2008
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants21 from 21 countries

Only two former Olympic medalists, both from 2004, travelled to the 2008 edition to take part in the men’s K-1 slalom once again. Great Britain’s Campbell Walsh, the silver medalist, had since been the 2008 European champion, as well as the 2007 European and 2006 and 2007 World bronze medalist. Third-placed Fabien Lefèvre of France, meanwhile, had been the 2005 World runner-up. The only other recent World medalist at the Games was Peter Cibák of Slovakia, the 2005 bronze medalist, while the only other recent European medalists were Austria’s Helmut Oblinger, the 2005 champion, Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer, the 2005 and 2007 runner-up, and Italy’s Daniele Molmenti, the 2008 runner-up.

Kauzer, Lefèvre, and Molmenti were the top three canoeists in the qualifying round, while Oblinger was sixth, Walsh was ninth, and Cibák was eleventh. The Beijing Olympics introduced a one-round semi-final for the remaining 15 participants, which was won surprisingly by French-born Benjamin Boukpeti, who was representing Togo at the Games. Perhaps even more shocking was that Cibák, Kauzer, and Walsh were all eliminated. Boukpeti then surprised spectators even further by winning the first run ahead of Australia’s Warwick Draper and Lefèvre. Molmenti and Oblinger, meanwhile, were eighth and ninth respectively. It was Germany’s Alexander Grimm, however, who ended up taking the gold medal, being bumped up from fourth after the first run thanks to an excellent performance. Lefèvre’s second-place finish was good enough for silver overall, as Draper was eighth in the second-run, while Boukpeti’s third was enough to allow him to hang on to bronze and become Togo’s first ever Olympic medalist in any sport.

12Alexander GrimmGER169.26 (4)87.31 (4)171.70 (1)Gold
23Fabien LefèvreFRA168.06 (2)87.21 (3)173.30 (2)Silver
317Benjamin BoukpetiTOG172.26 (8)86.08 (1)173.45 (3)Bronze
48Eoin RheinischIRL176.33 (15)88.85 (10)176.91 (4)
513Warwick DraperAUS172.58 (10)86.09 (2)177.85 (5)
610David FordCAN174.84 (13)88.46 (6)178.35 (6)
79Helmut OblingerAUT171.75 (6)88.69 (9)178.83 (7)
812Dariusz PopielaPOL171.02 (5)88.49 (7)179.68 (8)
915Robert BoutenNED175.16 (14)88.40 (5)227.99 (9)
104Daniele MolmentiITA168.59 (3)88.56 (8)230.93 (10)
1114Vavřinec HradilekCZE172.02 (7)88.97 (11)
1211Peter CibákSVK172.95 (11)89.41 (12)
131Peter KauzerSLO166.49 (1)89.42 (13)
1416Guillermo Díez-CanedoESP173.02 (12)90.06 (14)
156Campbell WalshGBR172.44 (9)95.74 (15)
1618Pablo McCandlessCHI176.64 (16)
177Mike KurtSUI178.66 (17)
1820Kazuki YazawaJPN179.87 (18)
1919Atanas NikolovskiMKD181.19 (19)
205Scott ParsonsUSA220.54 (20)
2121Ding FuxueCHN228.39 (21)

Qualifying Round

Date11 August 2008
FormatTwo runs. Total points determined placement. Top 15 advanced to semi-finals.
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal Time
121Peter KauzerSLO166.49Q
219Fabien LefèvreFRA168.06Q
318Daniele MolmentiITA168.59Q
420Alexander GrimmGER169.26Q
510Dariusz PopielaPOL171.02Q
613Helmut OblingerAUT171.75Q
78Vavřinec HradilekCZE172.02Q
85Benjamin BoukpetiTOG172.26Q
916Campbell WalshGBR172.44Q
109Warwick DraperAUS172.58Q
1111Peter CibákSVK172.95Q
1216Guillermo Díez-CanedoESP173.02Q
1312David FordCAN174.84Q
147Robert BoutenNED175.16Q
158Eoin RheinischIRL176.33Q
1618Pablo McCandlessCHI176.64
1715Mike KurtSUI178.66
182Kazuki YazawaJPN179.87
193Atanas NikolovskiMKD181.19
2017Scott ParsonsUSA220.54
211Ding FuxueCHN228.39


Date12 August 2008 — 15:40
FormatOne run. Top 10 advanced to final.
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal TimeTimePenalty Seconds
18Benjamin BoukpetiTOG86.081:26.080Q
26Warwick DraperAUS86.091:26.090Q
314Fabien LefèvreFRA87.211:27.210Q
412Alexander GrimmGER87.311:27.310Q
52Robert BoutenNED88.401:28.400Q
63David FordCAN88.461:28.460Q
711Dariusz PopielaPOL88.491:28.490Q
813Daniele MolmentiITA88.561:26.562Q
910Helmut OblingerAUT88.691:28.690Q
101Eoin RheinischIRL88.851:28.850Q
119Vavřinec HradilekCZE88.971:28.970
125Peter CibákSVK89.411:27.412
1315Peter KauzerSLO89.421:25.424
144Guillermo Díez-CanedoESP90.061:28.062
157Campbell WalshGBR95.741:33.742

Final Round

Date12 August 2008 — 17:17
Downstream gates?
Total gates21
Upstream gates?
PosOrdCompetitorNOCTotal TimeRun #1Run #2
17Alexander GrimmGER171.7087.31 (4)84.39 (1)
28Fabien LefèvreFRA173.3087.21 (3)86.09 (2)
310Benjamin BoukpetiTOG173.4586.08 (1)87.37 (3)
41Eoin RheinischIRL176.9188.85 (10)88.06 (4)
59Warwick DraperAUS177.8586.09 (2)91.76 (8)
65David FordCAN178.3588.46 (6)89.89 (5)
72Helmut OblingerAUT178.8388.69 (9)90.14 (6)
84Dariusz PopielaPOL179.6888.49 (7)91.19 (7)
95Robert BoutenNED227.9988.40 (5)139.59 (9)
103Daniele MolmentiITA230.9388.56 (8)142.37 (10)