Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's C-1 1000 metres

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The Men's C-1 1000 metres event was an open-style, individual canoeing event conducted as part of the Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Olympics program.


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Ivan Patzaichin (ROU)  Tamás Wichmann (HUN)  Detlef Lewe (FRG)



Thirteen competitors were entered. Held on September 5, the top three in each heat move on to final with the others were relegated to the semifinal. Ivan Patzaichin broke his ore and placed last in his heat. Yet he managed to finish the race, paddling with a peace of wood that he removed from the floor of his canoe, and was included to the repechage.[1][2]

Heat 1
1.  Tamás Wichmann (HUN) 4:29.01 QF
2.  Boris Lyubenov (BUL) 4:32.03 QF
3.  Jerzy Opara (POL) 4:32.39 QF
4.  Roberto Altamirano (MEX) 4:34.52 QS
5.  András Törő (USA) 4:39.92 QS
6.  Jiří Čtvrtečka (TCH) 4:54.56 QS
7.  John Wood (CAN) 4:56.70 QS
Heat 2
1.  Detlef Lewe (FRG) 4:31.79 QF
2.  Vasiliy Yurchenko (URS) 4:33.34 QF
3.  Dirk Weise (GDR) 4:41.04 QF
4.  Jean-François Millot (FRA) 4:52.30 QS
5.  Tetsumasa Yamaguchi (JPN) 4:53.66 QS
6.  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 6:34.65 QS


Only the seven canoeists who did not advance from the first round competed in the semifinal. Taking place on September 8, the top three finishers advanced to the final.[3]

1.  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 4:11.90 QF
2.  Jiří Čtvrtečka (TCH) 4:14.99 QF
3.  Roberto Altamirano (MEX) 4:15.24 QF
4.  Jean-François Millot (FRA) 4:20.70
5.  John Wood (CAN) 4:24.40
6.  András Törő (USA) 4:25.23
7.  Tetsumasa Yamaguchi (JPN) 4:36.34


The final took place on September 9.[3]

Gold  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 4:08.94
Silver  Tamás Wichmann (HUN) 4:12.42
Bronze  Detlef Lewe (FRG) 4:13.63
4.  Dirk Weise (GDR) 4:14.38
5.  Vasiliy Yurchenko (URS) 4:14.43
6.  Boris Lyubenov (BUL) 4:14.65
7.  Jiří Čtvrtečka (TCH) 4:14.98
8.  Roberto Altamirano (MEX) 4:20.39
9.  Jerzy Opara (POL) 4:21.05


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