Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's C-1 1000 metres

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Canoeing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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C-1 men
C-2 men
K-1 men women
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C-1 500 m   men  
C-1 1000 m men
C-2 500 m men
C-2 1000 m men
K-1 500 m men women
K-1 1000 m men
K-2 500 m men women
K-2 1000 m men
K-4 500 m women
K-4 1000 m men

The men's C-1 1000 metres competition in canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing between August 18 and 22. The C-1 event is raced in single-man sprint canoes.

Competition consists of three rounds: the heats, the semifinals, and the final. All boats compete in the heats. The top finisher in each of the three heats advances directly to the final, while the next six finishers (places 2 through 7) in each heat move on to the semifinals. The top three finishers in each of the two semifinals join the heats winners in the final.

Heats took place on August 18, semifinals on August 20, and the final on August 22.


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Attila Vajda (HUN)  David Cal (ESP)  Thomas Hall (CAN)


All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Monday, August 18, 2008 16:00-16:30 Heats
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 15:50-16:10 Semifinals
Friday, August 22, 2008 15:45-16:00 Final



Qualification Rules: 1->Final, 2..7->Semifinals, Rest Out

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Attila Vajda  Hungary 3:55.319 QF
2 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 3:57.538 QS
3 Marcin Grzybowski  Poland 4:02.010 QS
4 Miķelis Ežmalis  Latvia 4:13.777 QS
5 Torsten Lachmann  Australia 4:15.188 QS
6 Everardo Cristóbal  Mexico 4:15.280 QS
7 Fortunato Luis Pacavira  Angola 4:39.538 QS
8 Sean Pangelinan  Guam 4:49.284

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Vadim Menkov  Uzbekistan 3:56.793 QF
2 Mathieu Goubel  France 3:56.972 QS
3 Marián Ostrčil  Slovakia 4:00.191 QS
4 Aliaksandr Zhukouski  Belarus 4:01.380 QS
5 Viktor Melantiev  Russia 4:03.316 QS
6 Nivalter Santos  Brazil 4:17.407 QS
7 Mikhail Yemelyanov  Kazakhstan 4:19.259 QS

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 David Cal  Spain 3:58.756 QF
2 Andreas Dittmer  Germany 4:00.505 QS
3 Aldo Pruna Díaz  Cuba 4:02.351 QS
4 Thomas Hall  Canada 4:05.198 QS
5 Andreas Kiligkaridis  Greece 4:18.488 QS
6 Yuriy Cheban  Ukraine 4:23.188 QS
7 Calvin Mokoto  South Africa 4:33.887 QS


Qualification Rules: 1..3->Final, Rest Out

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Thomas Hall  Canada 3:58.820 QF
2 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 3:59.664 QF
3 Aldo Pruna Díaz  Cuba 4:01.745 QF
4 Viktor Melantiev  Russia 4:02.854
5 Marián Ostrčil  Slovakia 4:03.696
6 Everardo Cristóbal  Mexico 4:04.267
7 Yuriy Cheban  Ukraine 4:06.095
8 Mikhail Yemelyanov  Kazakhstan 4:16.813
9 Miķelis Ežmalis  Latvia 4:16.820

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Mathieu Goubel  France 3:57.607 QF
2 Andreas Dittmer  Germany 3:58.595 QF
3 Aliaksandr Zhukouski  Belarus 3:58.851 QF
4 Marcin Grzybowski  Poland 4:00.226
5 Andreas Kiligkaridis  Greece 4:04.627
6 Torsten Lachmann  Australia 4:09.792
7 Nivalter Santos  Brazil 4:12.556
8 Calvin Mokoto  South Africa 4:26.650
9 Fortunato Luis Pacavira  Angola 4:40.697


Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Attila Vajda  Hungary 3:50.467
2nd, silver medalist(s) David Cal  Spain 3:52.751
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thomas Hall  Canada 3:53.653
4 Vadim Menkov  Uzbekistan 3:54.237
5 Aliaksandr Zhukouski  Belarus 3:55.645
6 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 3:57.876
7 Mathieu Goubel  France 3:57.889
8 Andreas Dittmer  Germany 3:57.894
9 Aldo Pruna Díaz  Cuba 3:59.087

Menkov led for the early part of the race, but was passed at the 750 meter mark by defending Olympic champion Cal and defending world champion Vajda. The Hungarian pulled away in the final 150 meters to win his gold medal which he dedicated to his fallen teammate György Kolonics, who had died a month earlier training for the 2008 Summer Olympics.