Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's C-1 500 metres

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Canoeing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg
C-1 men
C-2 men
K-1 men women
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg
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-1 500 metres competition in canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing. The C-1 event is raced in single-man sprint canoes. This would be the last time the event would take place at the Summer Olympics. On 13 August 2009, it was announced by the International Canoe Federation that the men's 500 m events would be replaced by 200 m events at the 2012 Summer Olympics with one of them being K-1 200 m for the women. The other events for men at 200 m will be C-1, C-2, and K-1.[1]

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 19, semifinals on August 21, and finals on August 23.


All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 16:10-16:40 Heats
Thursday, August 21, 2008 16:00-16:20 Semifinals
Saturday, August 23, 2008 15:45-16:00 Final


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Maxim Opalev (RUS)  David Cal (ESP)  Iurii Cheban (UKR)



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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 David Cal  Spain 1:48.095 QF
2 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 1:48.608 QS
3 Yuriy Cheban  Ukraine 1:49.454 QS
4 Attila Vajda  Hungary 1:49.942 QS
5 Aldo Pruna  Cuba 1:51.111 QS
6 Nivalter Jesus  Brazil 1:51.363 QS
7 Torsten Lachmann  Australia 2:00.594 QS
8 Fortunato Luis Pacavira  Angola 2:13.265

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Aliaksandr Zhukouski  Belarus 1:48.669 QF
2 Mark Oldershaw  Canada 1:48.817 QS
3 Mathieu Goubel  France 1:49.527 QS
4 Andreas Dittmer  Germany 1:49.527 QS
5 Mikhail Yemelyanov  Kazakhstan 1:54.832 QS
6 Marián Ostrčil  Slovakia 1:55.911 QS
7 Calvin Mokoto  South Africa 2:03.372 QS

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Maxim Opalev  Russia 1:47.849 QF
2 Li Qiang  China 1:49.164 QS
3 Paweł Baraszkiewicz  Poland 1:50.463 QS
4 Vadim Menkov  Uzbekistan 1:52.793 QS
5 Andreas Kiligkaridis  Greece 1:54.541 QS
6 Mikelis Ezmalis  Latvia 1:54.890 QS
7 Sean Pangelinan  Guam 2:12.696 QS


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

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Yuriy Cheban  Ukraine 1:51.507 QF
2 Mathieu Goubel  France 1:52.239 QF
3 Li Qiang  China 1:52.887 QF
4 Andreas Dittmer  Germany 1:53.182
5 Aldo Pruna  Cuba 1:53.809
6 Vadim Menkov  Uzbekistan 1:55.610
7 Nivalter Jesus  Brazil 1:56.139
8 Marián Ostrčil  Slovakia 1:58.401
9 Sean Pangelinan  Guam 2:17.940

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
1 Attila Vajda  Hungary 1:51.029 QF
2 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 1:51.535 QF
3 Paweł Baraszkiewicz  Poland 1:51.744 QF
4 Mark Oldershaw  Canada 1:52.649
5 Andreas Kiligkaridis  Greece 1:56.310
6 Mikelis Ezmalis  Latvia 1:56.907
7 Torsten Lachmann  Australia 1:59.119
8 Mikhail Yemelyanov  Kazakhstan 2:06.908
9 Calvin Mokoto  South Africa 2:12.226


Rank Athletes Country Time Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Maxim Opalev  Russia 1:47.140
Silver medal icon.svg David Cal  Spain 1:48.397
Bronze medal icon.svg Yuriy Cheban  Ukraine 1:48.766
4 Mathieu Goubel  France 1:49.056
5 Aliaksandr Zhukouski  Belarus 1:49.092
6 Li Qiang  China 1:49.287
7 Florin Georgian Mironcic  Romania 1:49.861
8 Paweł Baraszkiewicz  Poland 1:50.048
9 Attila Vajda  Hungary 1:50.156

Opalev's gold earned him a complete set of medals in this event, having won a silver in 2000 and a bronze in 2004.