|
| Event type

Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date6 – 10 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Participants20 from 10 countries

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-2 500, as nations that had been podium finishers at the last edition and won five of the last nine World Championship medals were absent. The most notable absentee was Birgit Fischer, who had helped East Germany win all nine gold medals in women’s disciplines at the last three Worlds. This left Sweden’s Agneta Andersson, the 1981 World runner-up and 1982 and 1983 bronze medalist, as the favorite, even though she had a new partner in Anna Olsson. Andersson became an Olympic champion when she defeated West Germany’s Barbara Schüttpelz in the K-1 500 the day before this event’s final. Schüttpelz was partnered with Josefa Idem in this event, who was making the first of what would be eight appearances at the Olympics, a record number for a woman in any sport.

The opening heats were won by Sweden and the Canadian duo of Alexandra Barré and Sue Holloway, while the West Germans were third in Sweden’s heat, behind Romanians Nastasia Nichitov-Ionescu and Agafia Constantin, one of the 1981 World bronze medalists. Just as in the K-1 500, Sweden won gold with ease, with the closest crew being almost two seconds behind. The race for the remaining podium spots was a three-way battle between Canada, West Germany, and Romania, who crossed the finish line in that order with only 0.43 seconds between them. With Olsson’s help, Andersson would go on to earn a third Olympic medal, silver, in the K-4 500 the following day, while the Canadians would take bronze. Romania, meanwhile, would have its revenge by winning the event.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepFinal
133/35Agneta Andersson / Anna OlssonSWE1:47.82 (1 h2)1:45.25 (1)Gold
24/6Alexandra Barré / Sue HollowayCAN1:51.41 (1 h1)1:47.13 (2)Silver
312/14Josefa Idem / Barbara SchüttpelzFRG1:50.84 (3 h2)1:47.32 (3)Bronze
429/30Agafia Constantin / Nastasia Nichitov-IonescuROU1:49.85 (2 h2)1:47.56 (4)
539/40Shirley Dery / Leslie KleinUSA1:54.61 (4 h2)1:53.69 (1)1:49.51 (5)
610/11Bernadette Hettich / Cathérine MathevonFRA1:53.61 (2 h1)1:51.40 (6)
725/27Kari Ofstad / Anne WahlNOR1:56.19 (5 h2)1:55.98 (2)1:51.61 (7)
817/18Lucy Perrett / Lesley SmitherGBR1:54.98 (3 h1)1:51.73 (8)
92/3Marleen Kuppens / Lut ThijsBEL1:56.17 (4 h1)1:57.88 (3)1:51.92 (9)
4 h1 r2/320/21Ho Kim Fai / Kitty ToHKG2:12.27 (5 h1)2:11.71 (4)

Round One (6 August 1984)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Alexandra Barré / Sue HollowayCAN1:51.4154.77 (1)
56.64 (1)
Q
2Bernadette Hettich / Cathérine MathevonFRA1:53.6155.64 (2)
57.97 (2)
Q
3Lucy Perrett / Lesley SmitherGBR1:54.9856.28 (3)
58.70 (3)
Q
4Marleen Kuppens / Lut ThijsBEL1:56.1757.37 (4)
58.80 (4)
5Ho Kim Fai / Kitty ToHKG2:12.271:04.22 (5)
1:08.05 (5)

Heat Two (10:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Agneta Andersson / Anna OlssonSWE1:47.8251.78 (1)
56.04 (1)
Q
2Agafia Constantin / Nastasia Nichitov-IonescuROU1:49.8552.10 (2)
57.75 (3)
Q
3Josefa Idem / Barbara SchüttpelzFRG1:50.8453.50 (3)
57.34 (2)
Q
4Shirley Dery / Leslie KleinUSA1:54.6155.46 (4)
59.15 (5)
5Kari Ofstad / Anne WahlNOR1:56.1957.26 (5)
58.93 (4)

Repêchage (8 August 1984 — 10:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Shirley Dery / Leslie KleinUSA1:53.6955.45 (1)
58.24 (1)
Q
2Kari Ofstad / Anne WahlNOR1:55.9856.87 (2)
59.11 (2)
Q
3Marleen Kuppens / Lut ThijsBEL1:57.8858.06 (3)
59.82 (3)
Q
4Ho Kim Fai / Kitty ToHKG2:11.711:04.51 (4)
1:07.20 (4)

Final Round (10 August 1984 — 10:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Agneta Andersson / Anna OlssonSWE1:45.2550.37 (1)
54.88 (2)
2Alexandra Barré / Sue HollowayCAN1:47.1353.69 (5)
53.44 (1)
3Josefa Idem / Barbara SchüttpelzFRG1:47.3251.89 (3)
55.43 (3)
4Agafia Constantin / Nastasia Nichitov-IonescuROU1:47.5650.96 (2)
56.60 (6)
5Shirley Dery / Leslie KleinUSA1:49.5152.69 (4)
56.82 (8)
6Bernadette Hettich / Cathérine MathevonFRA1:51.4054.07 (6)
57.33 (9)
7Kari Ofstad / Anne WahlNOR1:51.6156.12 (9)
55.49 (4)
8Lucy Perrett / Lesley SmitherGBR1:51.7355.02 (7)
56.71 (7)
9Marleen Kuppens / Lut ThijsBEL1:51.9255.61 (8)
56.31 (5)