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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date28 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationBassin olympique, Île Notre Dame, Montréal, Québec
Participants28 from 14 countries

East Germany had won the women’s K-2 500 at the last three World Championships, twice with their entry to the 1976 Summer Olympics Bärbel Köster and Carola Zirzow. The defending Olympic Champion was the Soviet Union, who was also runner-up at the 1973 and 1975 World Championships and sent Nina Gopova and Galina Kreft, both seasoned international veterans. These two nations won their heats in both the opening round and the semi-finals, with Hungary’s Anna Pfeffer and Klára Rajnai taking the third heat in the latter portion of the competition. Pfeffer had multiple international medals in canoeing, including Olympic silver from the 1968 K-2 500 tournament and a World title in the same event from 1971, while Rajnai won a surprise bronze medal in the K-1 500 the day prior to this event’s final. These three nations were ahead of the rest of the pack in the medal round and were nearly neck and neck as they approached the finish line. The Soviet Union pulled just enough ahead to take gold by 0.54 seconds, while Hungary’s margin of victory for the silver medal was much smaller, a mere 0.12 seconds, over East Germany. Although Zirzow failed to earn gold in this event, she had already become an Olympic champion earlier in the day in the K-1 500.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
146/48Nina Gopova / Galina KreftURS1:57.49 (1 h1)1:54.70 (1 h1)1:51.15 (1)Gold
230/31Anna Pfeffer / Klára RajnaiHUN1:54.25 (2 h2)1:52.51 (1 h3)1:51.69 (2)Silver
322/24Bärbel Köster / Carola ZirzowGDR1:52.97 (1 h2)1:50.56 (1 h2)1:51.81 (3)Bronze
441/42Nastasia Nichitov / Agafia OrlovROU1:59.33 (2 h1)1:53.38 (2 h3)1:53.77 (4)
525/28Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann / Heiderose WallbaumFRG1:55.59 (3 h2)1:55.31 (2 h1)1:53.86 (5)
637/38Maria Kazanecka-Górecka / Katarzyna KulczakPOL2:01.45 (3 h1)1:53.50 (3 h2)1:55.05 (6)
78/9Velichka Mincheva / Natasha YanakievaBUL2:00.52 (7 h2)1:56.60 (2 h1)1:53.29 (2 h2)1:55.95 (7)
810/11Anne Dodge / Sue HollowayCAN2:03.90 (4 h1)1:55.63 (1 h1)1:56.83 (3 h3)1:56.75 (8)
944/45Anastázie Hajná-Fridrichová / Jindřiška ŘeháčkováTCH1:59.45 (5 h2)1:58.97 (3 h1)1:56.45 (3 h1)1:59.65 (9)
4 h1 r3/451/53Linda Dragan / Ann TurnerUSA1:59.32 (4 h2)1:59.15 (1 h2)1:57.10 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/415/16Sylvaine Deltour / Anne-Marie LoriotFRA2:06.12 (5 h1)2:00.70 (2 h2)1:55.75 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/418/19Pauline Goodwin / Hilary PeacockGBR2:00.34 (6 h2)2:01.68 (3 h2)1:59.53 (4 h3)
4 h1 r2/43/4Catherine Burelle / Marleen KuppensBEL2:10.48 (6 h1)2:00.44 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/41/2Helen Jacobsohn / Sue WhitebrookAUS2:10.62 (7 h1)2:03.87 (4 h2)

Round One (28 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Nina Gopova / Galina KreftURS1:57.4956.41 (1)
1:01.08 (1)
Q
2Nastasia Nichitov / Agafia OrlovROU1:59.3356.94 (2)
1:02.39 (2)
Q
3Maria Kazanecka-Górecka / Katarzyna KulczakPOL2:01.4558.69 (3)
1:02.76 (3)
Q
4Anne Dodge / Sue HollowayCAN2:03.9059.37 (4)
1:04.53 (5)
5Sylvaine Deltour / Anne-Marie LoriotFRA2:06.121:01.90 (5)
1:04.22 (4)
6Catherine Burelle / Marleen KuppensBEL2:10.481:03.83 (7)
1:06.65 (6)
7Helen Jacobsohn / Sue WhitebrookAUS2:10.621:02.60 (6)
1:08.02 (7)

Heat Two (12:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bärbel Köster / Carola ZirzowGDR1:52.9754.93 (1)
58.04 (1)
QOB
2Anna Pfeffer / Klára RajnaiHUN1:54.2555.39 (2)
58.86 (2)
Q
3Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann / Heiderose WallbaumFRG1:55.5956.27 (3)
59.32 (3)
Q
4Linda Dragan / Ann TurnerUSA1:59.3258.72 (5)
1:00.60 (6)
5Anastázie Hajná-Fridrichová / Jindřiška ŘeháčkováTCH1:59.4559.20 (6)
1:00.25 (5)
6Pauline Goodwin / Hilary PeacockGBR2:00.341:00.96 (7)
59.38 (4)
7Velichka Mincheva / Natasha YanakievaBUL2:00.5258.31 (4)
1:02.21 (7)

Repêchage (28 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (17:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anne Dodge / Sue HollowayCAN1:55.6356.02 (2)
59.61 (1)
Q
2Velichka Mincheva / Natasha YanakievaBUL1:56.6055.25 (1)
1:01.35 (3)
Q
3Anastázie Hajná-Fridrichová / Jindřiška ŘeháčkováTCH1:58.9757.80 (3)
1:01.17 (2)
Q
4Catherine Burelle / Marleen KuppensBEL2:00.4459.01 (4)
1:01.43 (4)

Heat Two (18:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Linda Dragan / Ann TurnerUSA1:59.1558.76 (1)
1:00.39 (1)
Q
2Sylvaine Deltour / Anne-Marie LoriotFRA2:00.7059.09 (2)
1:01.61 (3)
Q
3Pauline Goodwin / Hilary PeacockGBR2:01.681:00.26 (3)
1:01.42 (2)
Q
4Helen Jacobsohn / Sue WhitebrookAUS2:03.871:00.43 (4)
1:03.44 (4)

Semi-Finals (30 July 1976)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Nina Gopova / Galina KreftURS1:54.7054.74 (1)
59.96 (2)
Q
2Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann / Heiderose WallbaumFRG1:55.3155.16 (2)
1:00.15 (4)
Q
3Anastázie Hajná-Fridrichová / Jindřiška ŘeháčkováTCH1:56.4556.47 (3)
59.98 (3)
Q
4Linda Dragan / Ann TurnerUSA1:57.1057.64 (4)
59.46 (1)

Heat Two (12:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bärbel Köster / Carola ZirzowGDR1:50.5653.78 (1)
56.78 (1)
QOB
2Velichka Mincheva / Natasha YanakievaBUL1:53.2954.96 (2)
58.33 (4)
Q
3Maria Kazanecka-Górecka / Katarzyna KulczakPOL1:53.5055.32 (3)
58.18 (2)
Q
4Sylvaine Deltour / Anne-Marie LoriotFRA1:55.7557.47 (4)
58.28 (3)

Heat Three (12:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anna Pfeffer / Klára RajnaiHUN1:52.5154.07 (1)
58.44 (1)
Q
2Nastasia Nichitov / Agafia OrlovROU1:53.3854.34 (2)
59.04 (2)
Q
3Anne Dodge / Sue HollowayCAN1:56.8356.41 (3)
1:00.42 (3)
Q
4Pauline Goodwin / Hilary PeacockGBR1:59.5358.44 (4)
1:01.09 (4)

Final Round (30 July 1976 — 18:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Nina Gopova / Galina KreftURS1:51.1552.66 (1)
58.49 (3)
2Anna Pfeffer / Klára RajnaiHUN1:51.6953.60 (2)
58.09 (2)
3Bärbel Köster / Carola ZirzowGDR1:51.8154.26 (4)
57.55 (1)
4Nastasia Nichitov / Agafia OrlovROU1:53.7753.93 (3)
59.84 (6)
5Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann / Heiderose WallbaumFRG1:53.8654.74 (5)
59.12 (4)
6Maria Kazanecka-Górecka / Katarzyna KulczakPOL1:55.0555.53 (7)
59.52 (5)
7Velichka Mincheva / Natasha YanakievaBUL1:55.9555.15 (6)
1:00.80 (8)
8Anne Dodge / Sue HollowayCAN1:56.7556.18 (8)
1:00.57 (7)
9Anastázie Hajná-Fridrichová / Jindřiška ŘeháčkováTCH1:59.6558.38 (9)
1:01.27 (9)