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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date26 – 29 August 1960
LocationLago Albano, Castel Gandolfo
Participants13 from 13 countries

Yelizaveta Dementyeva was the 1956 Olympic, 1957 and 1959 European, and 1958 World Champion in the K-1 500 but, at the 1960 Summer Olympics, the Soviet Union was represented by Antonina Seredina, runner-up at the 1958 Worlds and the 1959 Europeans, and also Dementyeva’s partner when they won silver in the K-2 500 in 1958. Germany’s Therese Zenz, the 1956 Olympic and 1957 European runner-up and 1958 World bronze medalist, was also present, as was Hungary’s Klára Bánfalvi-Fried, the 1959 European bronze medalist. All of these women were contenders for the podium, but the fastest time in the opening round went to Seredina, who bested Zenz by just over a second to set an Olympic record. Bánfalvi-Fried, meanwhile, finished third in a heat won by Daniela Walkowiak of Poland. Seredina set another Olympic record in the semi-finals, defeating Bánfalvi-Fried in the process, while Walkowiak and Zenz won their other heats. The final came to an exciting conclusion as Seredina and Zenz battled to the line, with the former coming out on top by a mere 0.14 seconds. Walkowiak came in over two seconds after Zenz to claim bronze. The top two results were the same as in the K-2 500, in which Seredina and Zenz again finished 1-2 in the final.

1Antonina SeredinaURS2:08.82 (1 h2)2:07.20 (1 h2)2:08.08 (1)Gold
2Therese ZenzGER2:09.73 (2 h2)2:08.51 (1 h3)2:08.22 (2)Silver
3Daniela WalkowiakPOL2:15.34 (1 h1)2:11.07 (1 h1)2:10.46 (3)Bronze
4Anni Werner-HansenDEN2:14.04 (4 h2)2:13.76 (1 h2)2:17.87 (3 h1)2:13.88 (4)
5Klára Friedné BánfalviHUN2:17.39 (3 h1)2:15.51 (2 h2)2:14.02 (5)
6Else-Marie LindmarkSWE2:13.37 (3 h2)2:13.19 (2 h1)2:14.17 (6)
7Alberta ZanardiITA2:17.14 (2 h1)2:15.58 (2 h3)2:14.31 (7)
8Eva KutováTCH2:16.35 (5 h2)2:17.87 (1 h1)2:16.90 (3 h3)2:15.30 (8)
9Eila KyröläinenFIN2:22.33 (6 h1)2:18.54 (2 h1)2:17.28 (3 h2)2:17.28 (9)
4 h1 r3/4Marianne TuckerGBR2:21.06 (4 h1)2:21.04 (3 h1)2:18.96 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4Heidi SagerAUS2:19.75 (6 h2)2:15.27 (2 h2)2:18.42 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/4Gabrielle LutzFRA2:22.05 (5 h1)2:19.28 (3 h2)2:22.51 (4 h3)
4 h1 r2/4Glo PerrierUSA2:23.00 (7 h2)2:21.20 (4 h1)
DNSHelga WiedermannAUT– (DNS h1)
DNSElena DumitrascuROU– (DNS h2)

Round One (26 August 1960 — 9:00)

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

Heat One

1Daniela WalkowiakPOL2:15.34QOB
2Alberta ZanardiITA2:17.14Q
3Klára Friedné BánfalviHUN2:17.39Q
4Marianne TuckerGBR2:21.06
5Gabrielle LutzFRA2:22.05
6Eila KyröläinenFIN2:22.33
DNSHelga WiedermannAUT

Heat Two

1Antonina SeredinaURS2:08.82QOB
2Therese ZenzGER2:09.73Q
3Else-Marie LindmarkSWE2:13.37Q
4Anni Werner-HansenDEN2:14.04
5Eva KutováTCH2:16.35
6Heidi SagerAUS2:19.75
7Glo PerrierUSA2:23.00
DNSElena DumitrascuROU

Repêchage (26 August 1960 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

1Eva KutováTCH2:17.87Q
2Eila KyröläinenFIN2:18.54Q
3Marianne TuckerGBR2:21.04Q
4Glo PerrierUSA2:21.20

Heat Two

1Anni Werner-HansenDEN2:13.76Q
2Heidi SagerAUS2:15.27Q
3Gabrielle LutzFRA2:19.28Q

Semi-Finals (27 August 1960 — 9:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Daniela WalkowiakPOL2:11.07Q
2Else-Marie LindmarkSWE2:13.19Q
3Anni Werner-HansenDEN2:17.87Q
4Marianne TuckerGBR2:18.96

Heat Two

1Antonina SeredinaURS2:07.20QOB
2Klára Friedné BánfalviHUN2:15.51Q
3Eila KyröläinenFIN2:17.28Q
4Heidi SagerAUS2:18.42

Heat Three

1Therese ZenzGER2:08.51Q
2Alberta ZanardiITA2:15.58Q
3Eva KutováTCH2:16.90Q
4Gabrielle LutzFRA2:22.51

Final Round (29 August 1960 — 15:00)

1Antonina SeredinaURS2:08.08
2Therese ZenzGER2:08.22
3Daniela WalkowiakPOL2:10.46
4Anni Werner-HansenDEN2:13.88
5Klára Friedné BánfalviHUN2:14.02
6Else-Marie LindmarkSWE2:14.17
7Alberta ZanardiITA2:14.31
8Eva KutováTCH2:15.30
9Eila KyröläinenFIN2:17.28