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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date6 – 10 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Participants11 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 1:56.92 / Birgit Fischer GDR / 30 July 1980

Unlike the 1980 American-led boycott, which had had a limited impact on the canoeing events, the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics severely depleted the field in the sport. This was noticeable in the women’s K-1 500, as nations that had been podium finishers at the last edition and won six of the last nine World Championship medals were absent. The most notable absentee, and a practical shoo-in for gold in this event, was Birgit Fischer, who had helped East Germany win all nine gold medals in women’s disciplines at the last three Worlds. The only recent World Championship medalist in the event who was present was Sweden’s Agneta Andersson, runner-up in 1982 and bronze medalist in 1981. Maria Ştefan of Romania had finished third at the most recent World Championships, but was only competing in the K-4 500 at Los Angeles, and thus her nation was represented by Tecla Marinescu-Borcănea.

In the opening round, Marinescu-Borcănea came third in her heat, behind Andersson and Australia’s Elizabeth Blencowe, while the fastest time went to Barbara Schüttpelz of West Germany. In the final, Andersson took the gold medal with ease, while Schüttpelz, Marinescu-Borcănea, and the Netherlands’ Annemiek Derckx battled to the line for the remaining podium spots. Schüttpelz crossed first to win silver, but only 0.19 seconds separated her from fourth-placed Marinescu-Borcănea, who lost bronze to Derckx by the slimmest possible margin: 0.01 seconds. Andersson would go on to become a double Olympic champion later that day, when she won the K-2 500, and she captured silver in the K-4 500 the following day. Schüttpelz, meanwhile, would nab bronze in the K-2 500.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepFinal
133Agneta AnderssonSWE2:03.99 (1 h1)1:58.72 (1)Gold
214Barbara SchüttpelzFRG2:02.14 (1 h2)1:59.93 (2)Silver
322Annemiek DerckxNED2:04.75 (3 h2)2:00.11 (3)Bronze
431Tecla Marinescu-BorcăneaROU2:05.72 (3 h1)2:00.12 (4)
59Béatrice BassonFRA2:03.61 (2 h2)2:01.21 (5)
638Sheila ConoverUSA2:06.89 (4 h1)2:03.79 (2)2:02.38 (6)
75Lucie GuayCAN2:06.94 (4 h2)2:03.73 (1)2:02.49 (7)
81Elizabeth BlencoweAUS2:05.51 (2 h1)2:02.63 (8)
918Lesley SmitherGBR2:10.81 (5 h1)2:03.80 (3)2:04.09 (9)
4 h1 r2/326Ingeborg RasmussenNOR2:09.33 (5 h2)2:04.46 (4)
5 h1 r2/320Ho Kim FaiHKG2:39.96 (6 h1)2:30.40 (5)

Round One (6 August 1984)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (8:45)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Agneta AnderssonSWE2:03.9959.37 (1)
1:04.62 (2)
Q
2Elizabeth BlencoweAUS2:05.511:00.55 (3)
1:04.96 (3)
Q
3Tecla Marinescu-BorcăneaROU2:05.7259.58 (2)
1:06.14 (4)
Q
4Sheila ConoverUSA2:06.891:02.59 (4)
1:04.30 (1)
5Lesley SmitherGBR2:10.811:04.00 (5)
1:06.81 (5)
6Ho Kim FaiHKG2:39.961:18.88 (6)
1:21.08 (6)

Heat Two (9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Barbara SchüttpelzFRG2:02.1454.83 (1)
1:07.31 (5)
Q
2Béatrice BassonFRA2:03.6159.37 (2)
1:04.24 (2)
Q
3Annemiek DerckxNED2:04.751:00.79 (3)
1:03.96 (1)
Q
4Lucie GuayCAN2:06.941:02.15 (4)
1:04.79 (3)
5Ingeborg RasmussenNOR2:09.331:04.13 (5)
1:05.20 (4)

Repêchage (8 August 1984 — 09:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Lucie GuayCAN2:03.731:00.39 (2)
1:03.34 (3)
Q
2Sheila ConoverUSA2:03.791:01.18 (3)
1:02.61 (1)
Q
3Lesley SmitherGBR2:03.801:00.02 (1)
1:03.78 (4)
Q
4Ingeborg RasmussenNOR2:04.461:01.45 (4)
1:03.01 (2)
5Ho Kim FaiHKG2:30.401:12.86 (5)
1:17.54 (5)

Final Round (10 August 1984 — 9:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Agneta AnderssonSWE1:58.7256.06 (1)
1:02.66 (4)
2Barbara SchüttpelzFRG1:59.9357.03 (2)
1:02.90 (5)
3Annemiek DerckxNED2:00.1158.54 (5)
1:01.57 (1)
4Tecla Marinescu-BorcăneaROU2:00.1257.79 (3)
1:02.33 (3)
5Béatrice BassonFRA2:01.2158.11 (4)
1:03.10 (7)
6Sheila ConoverUSA2:02.381:00.36 (8)
1:02.02 (2)
7Lucie GuayCAN2:02.4959.55 (7)
1:02.94 (6)
8Elizabeth BlencoweAUS2:02.6358.95 (6)
1:03.68 (9)
9Lesley SmitherGBR2:04.091:00.85 (9)
1:03.24 (8)