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Canadian Singles, Slalom, Men

Date7 – 9 August 2016
LocationEstádio de Canoagem Slalom, Parque Olímpico de Deodoro, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants19 from 19 countries

Slovakian Michal Martikán and Frenchman Tony Estanguet had dominated the Men’s C-1 Slalom since 1996 and, although they were not present in Rio, their compatriots Matej Beňuš and Denis Gargaud Chanut were positioned to continue their nations’ strong presence in the event. Beňuš had won 13 gold medals at the European and World Championships in the C-1 team, was the 2011 C-1 World bronze medalist, and had earned silver in the C-1 at the 2010 Europeans and bronze in the 2013 and 2015 editions. Chanut was less decorated, but among his C-1 honors were gold at the 2011 World Championships and bronze at the 2011 Europeans. David Florence of Great Britain was also a strong contender, having been the 2013 and 2015 World Champion, as well as a silver medalist at the 2008 Summer Games, while Slovenia’s Benjamin Savšek was the 2015 European champion, a European bronze medalist in 2012, a World runner-up in 2014 and 2015, and World bronze medalist in 2013.

Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis, the 2012 European Champion and 2013 and 2015 European runner-up, came out ahead in the preliminary rounds, 1.25 ahead of Chanut and 1.88 ahead of Florence, and was still in front after the semi-finals. In the final, however, Chanut came back to win the gold medal, while Beňuš, who had finished sixth and eighth in the preliminaries and semi-final respectively, made an impressive run that eventually earned him silver. Savšek and Florence both suffered from major penalties, however, and even Tasiadis took a costly two-second hit that paved the way for Japan’s Takuya Haneda to win bronze, which was Asia’s first Olympic medal in canoeing. Another notable entrant was Lebanon’s Richard Merjan who, despite finishing last, earned distinction as his country’s first Olympic canoeist.

12Denis Gargaud ChanutFRAGold
21Matej BeňušSVKSilver
35Takuya HanedaJPNBronze
49Vítězslav GebasCZE
56Sideris TasiadisGER
63Benjamin SavšekSLO
78Casey EichfeldUSA
87Ander ElosegiESP
912José CarvalhoPOR
104David FlorenceGBR
1114Ian BorrowsAUS
1211Grzegorz HedwigPOL
1310Aleksandr LipatovRUS
1419Shu JianmingCHN
1513Cam SmedleyCAN
1616Felipe BorgesBRA
1715Sebastián RossiARG
1817Jean-Pierre BourhisSEN
1918Richard MerjanLBN

Qualifying (7 August 2016 — 12:30)

Two runs. Total points determined placement. Top 12 advanced to semi-finals.

Downstream Gates18
Total Gates24
Upstream Gates6
PosOrdBoatNOCTotalRun OneRun Two
16Sideris TasiadisGER92.23100.47 (9)92.23 (1)Q
22Denis Gargaud ChanutFRA93.48102.03 (11)93.48 (2)Q
34David FlorenceGBR94.1194.11 (1)– (DNS)Q
43Benjamin SavšekSLO94.3699.69 (7)94.36 (3)Q
55Takuya HanedaJPN94.5898.69 (6)94.58 (4)Q
61Matej BeňušSVK95.0595.05 (2)96.78 (5)Q
711Grzegorz HedwigPOL96.6796.67 (3)97.72 (6)Q
87Ander ElosegiESP97.3397.33 (4)102.39 (11)Q
914Ian BorrowsAUS97.4097.40 (5)151.77 (17)Q
1010Aleksandr LipatovRUS98.72101.78 (10)98.72 (7)Q
1112José CarvalhoPOR99.18111.01 (17)99.18 (8)Q
128Casey EichfeldUSA100.02100.02 (8)101.23 (10)Q
1319Shu JianmingCHN100.68110.19 (15)100.68 (9)Q
149Vítězslav GebasCZE102.78109.92 (14)102.78 (12)Q
1513Cam SmedleyCAN104.83104.93 (12)104.83 (13)
1616Felipe BorgesBRA105.14122.30 (19)105.14 (14)
1715Sebastián RossiARG108.81108.81 (13)155.70 (18)
1817Jean-Pierre BourhisSEN109.27110.94 (16)109.27 (15)
1918Richard MerjanLBN120.20120.20 (18)121.67 (16)

Semi-Finals (9 August 2016 — 13:30)

Downstream Gates18
Total Gates24
Upstream Gates6
16Sideris TasiadisGER95.6395.630Q
27Ander ElosegiESP97.9397.930Q
32Denis Gargaud ChanutFRA98.0698.060Q
43Benjamin SavšekSLO98.7098.700Q
59Vítězslav GebasCZE98.7798.770Q
65Takuya HanedaJPN98.8498.840Q
74David FlorenceGBR99.3699.360Q
81Matej BeňušSVK100.68100.680Q
912José CarvalhoPOR101.04101.040Q
108Casey EichfeldUSA101.2399.232Q
1114Ian BorrowsAUS101.32101.320
1211Grzegorz HedwigPOL102.7098.704
1310Aleksandr LipatovRUS104.69104.690
1419Shu JianmingCHN108.73108.730

Final Round (9 August 2016 — 15:16)

Downstream Gates18
Total Gates24
Upstream Gates6
12Denis Gargaud ChanutFRA94.1794.170
21Matej BeňušSVK95.0295.020
35Takuya HanedaJPN97.4497.440
49Vítězslav GebasCZE97.5797.570
56Sideris TasiadisGER97.9095.902
63Benjamin SavšekSLO99.3695.364
78Casey EichfeldUSA99.6995.694
87Ander ElosegiESP101.2797.274
912José CarvalhoPOR105.74101.744
104David FlorenceGBR109.00105.004