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Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date6 – 8 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants17 from 17 countries

Attila Vajda of Hungary was the defending Olympic and reigning World Champion in the men’s C-1 1000 but, even with these titles, and another World Championship victory from 2007, he had his work cut out for him as the favorite in the race. His most notable challengers would be Spain’s David Cal, the 2004 Olympic champion and runner-up in Beijing and the most recent World Championships, and Uzbek Vadim Menkov, the 2009 and 2010 World Champion. Also a factor was Sebastian Brendel of Germany, winner of the last two European Championships in the event.

In the heats Vajda had only the fifth-fastest time, outpaced by Cal, Mark Oldershaw of Canada, Brendel, Mathieu Goubel of France, and José Cristóbal of Mexico, the 2006 World Champion. Vajda fared better in the semi-finals, but still behind Goubel, Brendel, and Oldershaw. With Cal and Menkov surviving to the finals as well, it was certain that the race for the medals would be an exciting and unpredictable one. In the final, Goubel and Brendel took an early lead, going neck and neck for the first quarter of the race and leading the rest of the pack. At the halfway mark Menkov had crossed the gap and was closing in on Brendel as Goubel began fade. By 750 metres Menkov was in front and it seemed as if the podium spots would be decided by the finishing order of these three competitors. At least three canoeists, however, unleashed fantastic sprints in the final end to clinch their medals. Brendel powered past a tiring Menkov, catapulting ahead of his competitors and earning the gold medal. Oldershaw meanwhile, looked poised to take silver as he powered through to the finish in a sprint but Cal, coming from behind with an incredible charge, not only overtook Menkov and Goubel, but passed Oldershaw as well to finish runner-up.

For Cal it was a fifth Olympic medal – in addition to his two in the C-1 1000, he also had silver in the C-1 1500 from 2004 and 2008 – which earned him the title of Spain’s most medalled Olympian. Oldershaw, meanwhile, was the fifth member of his family to compete at the Olympic Games, following his grandfather Bert, father Scott, and uncles Dean and Reed. In this, his second Olympics, after having been eliminated in the semi-finals of the C-1 500 at the 2008 Games, he became the first member of his family to win an Olympic medal. Defending Olympic champion Vajda, meanwhile, placed only sixth among the eight canoeists in the final.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1110Sebastian BrendelGER3:56.469 (3 h2)3:52.122 (1 h1)3:47.176 (1 h2)Gold
285David CalESP3:54.590 (1 h2)3:52.767 (3 h1)3:48.053 (2 h2)Silver
349Mark OldershawCAN3:55.211 (2 h2)3:52.197 (2 h2)3:48.502 (3 h2)Bronze
4249Vadim MenkovUZB4:05.895 (2 h3)3:53.257 (4 h1)3:49.255 (4 h2)
594Mathieu GoubelFRA3:58.122 (1 h1)3:51.811 (1 h2)3:50.758 (5 h2)
6138Attila VajdaHUN3:59.853 (2 h1)3:52.365 (2 h1)3:50.926 (6 h2)
740Aliaksandr ZhukouskiBLR4:06.190 (3 h3)3:54.002 (4 h2)3:51.166 (7 h2)
8206Ilya ShtokalovRUS4:04.109 (3 h1)3:53.305 (3 h2)3:51.535 (8 h2)
9170Piotr KuletaPOL4:04.889 (5 h2)3:53.802 (5 h1)3:54.414 (1 h1)
10158José CristóbalMEX3:58.673 (4 h2)3:54.590 (5 h2)3:56.118 (2 h1)
11181Iosif ChirilăROU4:05.863 (1 h3)4:07.794 (6 h2)3:59.730 (3 h1)
129Jake DonagheyAUS4:21.928 (4 h1)4:26.202 (6 h1)4:22.005 (4 h1)
13212Ndiatte GueyeSEN4:33.884 (5 h1)4:37.171 (7 h2)4:32.251 (5 h1)
142Fortunato PacaviraANG4:39.723 (6 h2)4:43.027 (7 h1)4:35.017 (6 h1)
15105Richard JefferiesGBR4:48.511 (5 h3)4:49.874 (8 h2)4:42.992 (7 h1)
16152Aleksandr DyadchukKAZ4:44.175 (4 h3)4:56.724 (8 h1)4:55.737 (8 h1)
17211Rudolf Berking-WilliamsSAM4:54.211 (6 h1)

Round One (6 August 2012 — 09:54)

Top five in each heat and fastest number six advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (09:54)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Mathieu GoubelFRA3:58.12256.74 (1)
1:00.98 (2)
1:57.72 (1)
1:00.71 (1)
2:58.43 (1)
59.692 (2)
Q
2Attila VajdaHUN3:59.85357.82 (2)
1:01.15 (3)
1:58.97 (2)
1:01.26 (2)
3:00.23 (2)
59.623 (1)
Q
3Ilya ShtokalovRUS4:04.1091:00.42 (4)
59.51 (1)
1:59.93 (3)
1:02.16 (3)
3:02.09 (3)
1:02.019 (3)
Q
4Jake DonagheyAUS4:21.9281:00.30 (3)
1:04.68 (4)
2:04.98 (4)
1:07.60 (4)
3:12.58 (4)
1:09.348 (4)
Q
5Ndiatte GueyeSEN4:33.8841:03.26 (5)
1:07.20 (5)
2:10.46 (5)
1:11.04 (5)
3:21.50 (5)
1:12.384 (5)
Q
6Rudolf Berking-WilliamsSAM4:54.2111:08.58 (6)
1:16.67 (6)
2:25.25 (6)
1:15.73 (6)
3:40.98 (6)
1:13.231 (6)

Heat Two (10:02)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1David CalESP3:54.59057.78 (4)
58.04 (1)
1:55.82 (2)
58.96 (1)
2:54.78 (1)
59.810 (3)
Q
2Mark OldershawCAN3:55.21156.47 (2)
59.06 (2)
1:55.53 (1)
1:00.71 (4)
2:56.24 (2)
58.971 (1)
Q
3Sebastian BrendelGER3:56.46956.00 (1)
1:01.00 (5)
1:57.00 (3)
1:00.22 (3)
2:57.22 (3)
59.249 (2)
Q
4José CristóbalMEX3:58.67357.28 (3)
1:00.51 (4)
1:57.79 (4)
59.81 (2)
2:57.60 (4)
1:01.073 (4)
Q
5Piotr KuletaPOL4:04.88959.05 (5)
1:00.39 (3)
1:59.44 (5)
1:00.86 (5)
3:00.30 (5)
1:04.589 (5)
Q
6Fortunato PacaviraANG4:39.7231:03.51 (6)
1:13.03 (6)
2:16.54 (6)
1:10.89 (6)
3:27.43 (6)
1:12.293 (6)
q

Heat Three (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Iosif ChirilăROU4:05.86358.95 (1)
1:05.04 (3)
2:03.99 (3)
1:05.44 (3)
3:09.43 (3)
56.433 (1)
Q
2Vadim MenkovUZB4:05.8951:00.36 (3)
1:02.79 (2)
2:03.15 (1)
1:04.88 (1)
3:08.03 (1)
57.865 (3)
Q
3Aliaksandr ZhukouskiBLR4:06.1901:00.92 (4)
1:02.76 (1)
2:03.68 (2)
1:05.09 (2)
3:08.77 (2)
57.420 (2)
Q
4Aleksandr DyadchukKAZ4:44.17559.50 (2)
1:12.37 (5)
2:11.87 (5)
1:15.53 (4)
3:27.40 (5)
1:16.775 (4)
Q
5Richard JefferiesGBR4:48.5111:01.10 (5)
1:10.21 (4)
2:11.31 (4)
1:15.87 (5)
3:27.18 (4)
1:21.331 (5)
Q

Semi-Finals (6 August 2012 — 11:14)

Top four in each heat advanced to final. Places 5-8 advanced to final B.

Heat One (11:14)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Sebastian BrendelGER3:52.12256.31 (1)
59.33 (4)
1:55.64 (1)
58.62 (3)
2:54.26 (1)
57.862 (4)
Q
2Attila VajdaHUN3:52.36556.63 (2)
59.22 (2)
1:55.85 (2)
59.11 (4)
2:54.96 (3)
57.405 (1)
Q
3David CalESP3:52.76758.31 (5)
58.88 (1)
1:57.19 (4)
57.65 (1)
2:54.84 (2)
57.927 (5)
Q
4Vadim MenkovUZB3:53.25757.78 (4)
1:00.15 (5)
1:57.93 (5)
57.70 (2)
2:55.63 (4)
57.627 (2)
Q
5Piotr KuletaPOL3:53.80257.60 (3)
59.25 (3)
1:56.85 (3)
59.27 (5)
2:56.12 (5)
57.682 (3)
QB
6Jake DonagheyAUS4:26.2021:01.36 (7)
1:06.86 (6)
2:08.22 (6)
1:08.85 (6)
3:17.07 (6)
1:09.132 (6)
QB
7Fortunato PacaviraANG4:43.0271:06.19 (8)
1:14.35 (7)
2:20.54 (7)
1:10.90 (7)
3:31.44 (7)
1:11.587 (7)
QB
8Aleksandr DyadchukKAZ4:56.72458.53 (6)
1:22.37 (8)
2:20.90 (8)
1:22.79 (8)
3:43.69 (8)
1:13.034 (8)
QB

Heat Two (11:22)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Mathieu GoubelFRA3:51.81156.71 (1)
58.60 (1)
1:55.31 (1)
58.57 (2)
2:53.88 (1)
57.931 (3)
Q
2Mark OldershawCAN3:52.19756.90 (3)
59.26 (3)
1:56.16 (3)
58.28 (1)
2:54.44 (2)
57.757 (1)
Q
3Ilya ShtokalovRUS3:53.30557.20 (4)
58.65 (2)
1:55.85 (2)
58.80 (3)
2:54.65 (3)
58.655 (5)
Q
4Aliaksandr ZhukouskiBLR3:54.00257.37 (6)
59.70 (4)
1:57.07 (4)
59.11 (5)
2:56.18 (4)
57.822 (2)
Q
5José CristóbalMEX3:54.59056.80 (2)
1:00.60 (6)
1:57.40 (6)
58.87 (4)
2:56.27 (5)
58.320 (4)
QB
6Iosif ChirilăROU4:07.79457.29 (5)
59.86 (5)
1:57.15 (5)
59.93 (6)
2:57.08 (6)
1:10.714 (6)
QB
7Ndiatte GueyeSEN4:37.1711:03.24 (7)
1:10.45 (7)
2:13.69 (7)
1:12.05 (7)
3:25.74 (7)
1:11.431 (7)
QB
8Richard JefferiesGBR4:49.8741:03.75 (8)
1:16.06 (8)
2:19.81 (8)
1:15.40 (8)
3:35.21 (8)
1:14.664 (8)
QB

Final Round (8 August 2012 — 09:48)

Final B (09:48)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Piotr KuletaPOL3:54.41456.92 (2)
59.35 (1)
1:56.27 (1)
59.41 (1)
2:55.68 (1)
58.734 (1)
2José CristóbalMEX3:56.11857.48 (3)
59.95 (2)
1:57.43 (3)
59.64 (2)
2:57.07 (2)
59.048 (2)
3Iosif ChirilăROU3:59.73056.81 (1)
1:00.02 (3)
1:56.83 (2)
1:00.81 (3)
2:57.64 (3)
1:02.090 (3)
4Jake DonagheyAUS4:22.0051:03.10 (7)
1:01.71 (4)
2:04.81 (4)
1:08.72 (4)
3:13.53 (4)
1:08.475 (4)
5Ndiatte GueyeSEN4:32.2511:00.82 (5)
1:08.39 (5)
2:09.21 (5)
1:09.02 (5)
3:18.23 (5)
1:14.021 (6)
6Fortunato PacaviraANG4:35.0171:03.36 (8)
1:09.22 (6)
2:12.58 (7)
1:12.66 (6)
3:25.24 (6)
1:09.777 (5)
7Richard JefferiesGBR4:42.99259.59 (4)
1:10.42 (7)
2:10.01 (6)
1:15.46 (7)
3:25.47 (7)
1:17.522 (8)
8Aleksandr DyadchukKAZ4:55.7371:03.01 (6)
1:17.27 (8)
2:20.28 (8)
1:18.66 (8)
3:38.94 (8)
1:16.797 (7)

Final A (09:56)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m500 m750 m
1Sebastian BrendelGER3:47.17655.02 (4)
56.47 (1)
1:51.49 (2)
57.60 (2)
2:49.09 (1)
58.086 (4)
2David CalESP3:48.05356.01 (5)
57.71 (4)
1:53.72 (6)
58.37 (6)
2:52.09 (5)
55.963 (1)
3Mark OldershawCAN3:48.50256.13 (6)
57.21 (3)
1:53.34 (5)
57.61 (3)
2:50.95 (4)
57.552 (3)
4Vadim MenkovUZB3:49.25554.20 (2)
57.19 (2)
1:51.39 (1)
57.97 (5)
2:49.36 (2)
59.895 (7)
5Mathieu GoubelFRA3:50.75854.11 (1)
57.96 (5)
1:52.07 (3)
57.90 (4)
2:49.97 (3)
1:00.788 (8)
6Attila VajdaHUN3:50.92656.28 (7)
58.82 (7)
1:55.10 (7)
59.00 (7)
2:54.10 (8)
56.826 (2)
7Aliaksandr ZhukouskiBLR3:51.16654.83 (3)
58.34 (6)
1:53.17 (4)
59.06 (8)
2:52.23 (6)
58.936 (6)
8Ilya ShtokalovRUS3:51.53556.92 (8)
58.94 (8)
1:55.86 (8)
57.51 (1)
2:53.37 (7)
58.165 (5)