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Canoeing at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men

Canoeing at the
1976 Summer Olympics
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 1000 m men

The men's C-1 1000 metres event was an open-style, individual canoeing event conducted as part of the Canoeing at the 1976 Summer Olympics program.


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Matija Ljubek
Yugoslavia (YUG)
 Vasyl Yurchenko
Soviet Union (URS)
 Tamás Wichmann
Hungary (HUN)



Fifteen competitors were entered. Held on July 29, the top three finishers in each heat moved on to the semifinals with the others relegated to the repechages.

Heat 1
1.  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 4:13.09 QS
2.  Tamás Wichmann (HUN) 4:14.87 QS
3.  Matija Ljubek (YUG) 4:15.14 QS
4.  Roland Iche (FRA) 4:20.13 QR
5.  Ulrich Eicke (FRG) 4:28.66 QR
6.  Pietro Bruschi (ITA) 4:33.38 QR
7.  William Reichenstein (GBR) 4:49.20 QR
8.  Mitsuo Nakanishi (JPN) 4:52.59 QR
Heat 2
1.  Vasyl Yurchenko (URS) 4:20.44 QS
2.  Wilfried Stephan (GDR) 4:25.23 QS
3.  Borislav Ananiev (BUL) 4:28.18 QS
4.  Göran Backlund (SWE) 4:29.36 QR
5.  Timo Grönlund (FIN) 4:30.93 QR
6.  John Edwards (CAN) 4:32.67 QR
7.  Angus Morrison (USA) 4:35.77 QR


Held on July 29, the top three finisher in each repechage advanced to the semifinals.

Repechage 1
1.  Roland Iche (FRA) 4:15.51 QS
2.  Angus Morrison (USA) 4:18.11 QS
3.  Pietro Bruschi (ITA) 4:19.11 QS
4.  Timo Grönlund (FIN) 4:19.71
5.  Mitsuo Nakanishi (JPN) 4:40.96
Repechage 2
1.  Ulrich Eicke (FRG) 4:12.00 QS
2.  John Edwards (CAN) 4:14.47 QS
3.  Göran Backlund (SWE) 4:28.18 QS
4.  William Reichenstein (GBR) 4:37.47


Taking place on July 31, the top three finishers in each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1
1.  Borislav Ananiev (BUL) 4:13.39 QF
2.  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 4:15.21 QF
3.  Ulrich Eicke (FRG) 4:16.69 QF
4.  Pietro Bruschi (ITA) 4:21.88
Semifinal 2
1.  Vasyl Yurchenko (URS) 4:12.00 QF
2.  Matija Ljubek (YUG) 4:19.99 QF
3.  John Edwards (CAN) 4:21.89 QF
4.  Angus Morrison (USA) 4:25.83
Semifinal 3
1.  Tamás Wichmann (HUN) 4:17.32 QF
2.  Roland Iche (FRA) 4:18.30 QF
3.  Wilfried Stephan (GDR) 4:18.99 QF
4.  Göran Backlund (SWE) 4:20.93


The final took place on July 31.

Gold  Matija Ljubek (YUG) 4:09.51
Silver  Vasyl Yurchenko (URS) 4:12.57
Bronze  Tamás Wichmann (HUN) 4:14.11
4.  Borislav Ananiev (BUL) 4:14.41
5.  Ivan Patzaichin (ROU) 4:15.08
6.  Roland Iche (FRA) 4:18.23
7.  Wilfried Stephan (GDR) 4:22.43
8.  Ulrich Eicke (FRG) 4:22.77
9.  John Edwards (CAN) 4:30.55

Ljubek, fourth at the halfway mark, was the only finalist to paddle the second half of the race faster than the first.


  • 1976 Summer Olympics official report Volume 3. p. 184. (English) & (French)
  • 1976 C-1 1000 m results.
  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles 1000 Meters". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 480.
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