Kayaker John Sumegi won a silver medal in the K1 500m event, becoming the first Australian to win an individual medal in canoe/kayak. He was the dominant kayaker of his era in Australia, winning a number of national titles and representing Australia at four world championships. Sumegi was also fourth in the K1 1000m in Moscow. Four years earlier, he had competed in the K2 500m and K4 1000m in Montreal. He has since enjoyed an excellent coaching career, training a number of Olympians.