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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date26 – 30 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationMi-sa-ri Jo-jeong-gyeong-gi-jang, Hanam
Participants15 from 15 countries

Sweden’s Agneta Andersson had become the Olympic champion in the women’s K-1 500 in 1984, but had done so in the absence of East Germany’s Birgit Schmidt, the 1980 Olympic champion who, by 1988, had 17 World Championship titles across various disciplines, including five in the K-1 500. This made Schmidt the favorite at the 1988 Summer Olympics, but she could expect at least a challenge from Bulgaria’s Vanya Gesheva, the 1986 World Champion in Schmidt’s absence. Gesheva set an Olympic record in the first opening heat, with Andersson coming in third behind Poland’s Izabella Dylewska-Światowiak, the most recent World runner-up. Schmidt, meanwhile, was second in her heat behind Denmark’s Yvonne Knudsen, the 1986 bronze medalist, who bested Gesheva’s record. Hungary’s Rita Kőbán took the third heat. Schmidt, Knudsen, and Dylewska-Światowiak defeated Gesheva, Andersson, and Kőbán respectively in the semi-finals, while the medal round came down to a fantastic battle to the finish between Schmidt and Gesheva, which the latter won surprisingly by only 0.12 seconds, leaving Fischer with silver. Kőbán had a similar battle with Dylewska-Światowiak in the final stretch, in which the latter emerged victorious by 0.2 seconds. Schmidt’s disappointment would not last, as she would go on to win the K-2 500 later that day and the K-4 500 the next, while Gesheva would complete a set of medals by taking silver and bronze in those events respectively.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1127Vanya GeshevaBUL1:55.44 (1 h1)1:56.26 (2 h1)1:55.19 (1)Gold
2250Birgit SchmidtGDR1:56.24 (2 h2)1:55.94 (1 h1)1:55.31 (2)Silver
3337Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:57.42 (2 h1)1:56.47 (1 h3)1:57.38 (3)Bronze
4274Rita KőbánHUN1:57.04 (1 h3)1:57.03 (2 h3)1:57.58 (4)
5164Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:54.96 (1 h2)1:57.83 (1 h2)1:58.80 (5)
6413Traci PhillipsUSA1:59.53 (4 h2)1:59.48 (3 h2)2:00.81 (6)
7392Galina SavenkoURS1:57.69 (3 h2)2:01.56 (3 h3)2:00.88 (7)
8363Agneta AnderssonSWE2:00.27 (3 h1)1:59.30 (2 h2)2:01.00 (8)
9212Josefa IdemFRG2:00.42 (3 h3)1:59.04 (3 h1)2:01.80 (9)
4 h1 r2/3120Inge CoeckBEL2:01.69 (4 h3)2:02.74 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3372Hana PleskačováTCH1:59.28 (2 h3)1:59.95 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3107María MiliauroARG2:12.32 (6 h1)2:11.07 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3144Caroline BrunetCAN2:00.82 (5 h2)2:08.34 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3233Susie PerrettGBR2:01.97 (4 h1)2:04.95 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3310Kim Mi-JaKOR2:11.76 (5 h1)2:11.99 (5 h3)
DNSMiyuki KobayashiJPN– (DNS h2)

Round One (26 September 1988)

Placement round for semi-finals.

Heat One (10:01)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vanya GeshevaBUL1:55.4455.49 (1)
59.95 (1)
QOB
2Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:57.4256.50 (2)
1:00.92 (2)
Q
3Agneta AnderssonSWE2:00.2758.63 (3)
1:01.64 (3)
Q
4Susie PerrettGBR2:01.971:00.06 (4)
1:01.91 (4)
Q
5Kim Mi-JaKOR2:11.761:04.42 (6)
1:07.34 (5)
Q
6María MiliauroARG2:12.321:03.57 (5)
1:08.75 (6)
Q

Heat Two (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:54.9656.21 (2)
58.75 (1)
QOB
2Birgit SchmidtGDR1:56.2455.77 (1)
1:00.47 (2)
Q
3Galina SavenkoURS1:57.6956.86 (3)
1:00.83 (3)
Q
4Traci PhillipsUSA1:59.5357.46 (4)
1:02.07 (4)
Q
5Caroline BrunetCAN2:00.8257.98 (5)
1:02.84 (5)
Q
DNSMiyuki KobayashiJPN– (–)
– (–)

Heat Three (10:21)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Rita KőbánHUN1:57.0457.13 (1)
59.91 (1)
Q
2Hana PleskačováTCH1:59.2857.55 (2)
1:01.73 (2)
Q
3Josefa IdemFRG2:00.4258.67 (4)
1:01.75 (3)
Q
4Inge CoeckBEL2:01.6958.26 (3)
1:03.43 (4)
Q

Semi-Finals (28 September 1988)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:02)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit SchmidtGDR1:55.9455.56 (1)
1:00.38 (2)
Q
2Vanya GeshevaBUL1:56.2656.11 (2)
1:00.15 (1)
Q
3Josefa IdemFRG1:59.0457.76 (3)
1:01.28 (3)
Q
4Inge CoeckBEL2:02.7459.41 (4)
1:03.33 (4)
5Caroline BrunetCAN2:08.341:00.20 (5)
1:08.14 (5)

Heat Two (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:57.8357.30 (1)
1:00.53 (3)
Q
2Agneta AnderssonSWE1:59.3058.00 (2)
1:01.30 (4)
Q
3Traci PhillipsUSA1:59.4858.98 (3)
1:00.50 (2)
Q
4Hana PleskačováTCH1:59.9559.74 (4)
1:00.21 (1)
5Susie PerrettGBR2:04.951:01.07 (5)
1:03.88 (5)

Heat Three (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:56.4756.52 (2)
59.95 (1)
Q
2Rita KőbánHUN1:57.0355.86 (1)
1:01.17 (2)
Q
3Galina SavenkoURS2:01.5657.89 (3)
1:03.67 (3)
Q
4María MiliauroARG2:11.071:01.10 (4)
1:09.97 (5)
5Kim Mi-JaKOR2:11.991:02.85 (5)
1:09.14 (4)

Final Round (30 September 1988 — 10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vanya GeshevaBUL1:55.1955.43 (2)
59.76 (1)
2Birgit SchmidtGDR1:55.3154.78 (1)
1:00.53 (4)
3Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:57.3856.97 (4)
1:00.41 (3)
4Rita KőbánHUN1:57.5856.12 (3)
1:01.46 (5)
5Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:58.8058.45 (6)
1:00.35 (2)
6Traci PhillipsUSA2:00.8158.96 (7)
1:01.85 (8)
7Galina SavenkoURS2:00.8857.69 (5)
1:03.19 (9)
8Agneta AnderssonSWE2:01.0059.53 (8)
1:01.47 (6)
9Josefa IdemFRG2:01.801:00.19 (9)
1:01.61 (7)