Michael Kolganov (or Kalganov, Hebrew: מיכאל קולגנוב; born October 24, 1974) is a USSR-born Israeli sprint kayaker and former world champion. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the K-1 500 m event at Sydney in 2000. He was the flag bearer for Israel during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
|Men's canoe sprint|
|2000 Sydney||K-1 500 m|
|1998 Szeged||K-1 200 m|
|1999 Milan||K-1 200 m|
|1998 Szeged||K-1 500 m|
Mikhail Kolganov was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union, and he is of Jewish descent, and took up canoeing at the age of 14. "I was a fat young boy," he recalled, "and my parents were looking for a hobby for me that would help me lose weight." Kolganov's older brother Andrei also represented the Soviet Union, and was Soviet youth champion in kayak competition. He immigrated to Israel in 1995.
He represented Israel at the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning the K-1 500 m bronze medal and finishing fourth in the K-1 1000 m event. He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and finished fourth in the K-1 500 m. He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and failed to advance to the final in both the K-1 500 m and K-1 1000 m events.
He has also competed in the K-2. At the 2006 European Championships in Račice, Czech Republic, he won the K2 200 m bronze medal with partner Barak Lufan. At the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, Kolganov and Lufan finished fifth in the K-2 200 m and sixth in the K-2 500 m.
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