Michael Kolganov, as expected, failed yesterday to make the final of the 1,000-meter kayak competition. He placed eighth in his semifinal heat with a time of 3:43.11, ranking him 17th overall. Today he faces his main test, the semifinal of the 500-meter kayaking, the category in which he took bronze in Sydney.
The top three in each of three heats will advance to the final. His main opponents will be Hungarian veteran Akos Vereckei, who finished fourth in Athens and is a former world champion; Denmark's Kasper Bleibach, a young and rising star, who won the European championship this year; and the 1,000-meter Olympic champion, Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway, who is not as strong in the shorter race.