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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date2 – 3 August 2021
LocationSea Forest Waterway, 6-44, 3chome, Uminomori, Koto-ku, Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan
Participants40 from 16 countries

This was the 16th appearance of this event, having appeared at every Summer Games since 1960. The reigning world champions were Maryna Litvinchuk and Volha Khudzenka of Belarus. Other medal contenders were the 2017 world champions Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Regal of New Zealand, and reigning Olympic champion Danuta Kozák of Hungary, now paired with Dóra Bodonyi.

All the favourites easily qualified directly into the semi-finals. Carrington and Regal won the first semi while Kozák and Bodonyi won the second semi to set up an interesting battle for the gold medal. The final was the fourth race (and second final) of the day for Carrington.

Just 90 minutes after winning gold in the K-1 200, Carrington jumped back in the boat and won the K-2 500 race. Poland’s Karolina Naja and Anna Pulawska followed in the silver medal position with Kozák and Bodonyi, pipping compatriots Tamara Csipes and Erika Medveczky to the bronze medal. Naja had already won bronze with a different partner in this discipline in London and Rio. Winning two gold medals in one day, took Carrington’s career total to four Olympic golds, just one behind her main rival, Kozák.

1Lisa Carrington / Caitlin RegalNZLGold
2Karolina Naja / Anna PuławskaPOLSilver
3Danuta Kozák / Dóra BodonyiHUNBronze
4Tamara Csipes / Erika MedveczkyHUN
5Alyssa Bull / Alyce WoodAUS
6Volha Khudzenka / Maryna LitvinchukBLR
7Manon Hostens / Sarah GuyotFRA
8Sabrina Hering-Pradler / Tina DietzeGER
9Hermien Peters / Lize BroekxBEL
10Li Dongyin / Zhou YuCHN
11Caroline Arft / Sarah BrüßlerGER
12Ana Roxana Lehaci / Vicki SchwarzAUT
13Jaime Roberts / Jo Brigden-JonesAUS
14Alicia Hoskin / Teneale HattonNZL
15Kira Stepanova / Varvara BaranovaROC
16Špela Ponomarenko Janić / Anja OstermanSLO
17Alanna Bray-Lougheed / Madeline SchmidtCAN
18Julie Frølund Funch / Bolette IversenDEN
19Liudmyla Kuklinovska / Anastasiya TodorovaUKR
20Afef Ben Ismail / Khaoula SassiTUN