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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | CANOE-KAYAK

A Historic Gold for Slovak Teen

July 28, 1996

Michal Martikan, 17, of Slovakia edged defending champion Lukas Pollert of the Czech Republic to win the gold in whitewater canoe slalom on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

In the women's kayak single slalom, Dana Chladek, of Kensington, Md., came from next-to-last in a field of 30 to surprisingly win a silver medal. Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic won gold.

Martikan's gold was the first for Slovakia, which declared its independence from Czechoslovakia three years ago.

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MEDALISTS

Canoe-Kayak

MEN'S WHITEWATER SLALOM

Gold: Michal Martikan, Slovakia

Silver: Lukas Pollert, Czech Rep.

Bronze: Patrice Estanguet, France

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WOMEN'S KAYAK SINGLES

Gold: Stephanka Hilgertova, Czech Republic

Silver: Dana Chladek, U.S.

Bronze: Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, France

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