60 Sporting Heroes in 60 yrs: No. 26 Michael Kolganov

The kayakist won the bronze medal in the K1 500 meter sprint at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Going into the final day of the 2000 Sydney Olympics the Israel delegation was still searching for its first medal of the Games. After winning a medal in the two previous Olympics, Israel's only hope of maintaining the medal run entering the final 24 hours in Australia rested on the shoulders of Michael Kolganov. The kayakist didn't disappoint, winning the bronze medal in the K1 500 meter sprint. Kolganov almost became the first Israeli to claim two medals in the same Games, finishing in fourth position in the 1000m in Sydney. Kolganov, who made aliya from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1995, is also a two-time K1 200m world champion (1998 and 1999) and was also a silver medallist in the 500m competition in 1998.