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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date26 – 30 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationMi-sa-ri Jo-jeong-gyeong-gi-jang, Hanam
Participants30 from 15 countries

Anke Nothnagel and Birgit Schmidt of East Germany were the reigning World Champions in the K-2 500 and, with the latter having earned 17 World titles in various disciplines, the duo was considered as the favorites for the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Defending Olympic champions Agneta Andersson and Anna Olsson returned to the Games, but their victory in 1984 had come in the absence of most of the world’s leading canoeing powers due to the Soviet-led boycott. Hungary’s Erika Mészáros had won the event in Schmidt’s absence at the 1986 World Championships and brought a new partner, 1980 bronze medalist Éva Rakusz, to the Games. Vanya Gesheva of Bulgaria, meanwhile, was the 1980 Olympic runner-up, and was joined in Seoul by Diana Paliyska.

All four of these nations met in the opening heat, with Bulgaria, East Germany, and Hungary finishing in the top three, which relegated Sweden to the repêchage. The other heat was won by the Dutch duo of Anna Cox-Wood and Annemiek Derckx, the latter of whom was a 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in the K-1 500. In the semi-finals, Sweden pulled off a surprising victory over Bulgaria, while Hungary bested the Netherlands and East Germany took the third heat. Nothnagel and Schmidt won the final in Olympic record time, but were still only 0.2 seconds ahead of Gesheva and Paliyska, who captured the silver medal. The battle for bronze, meanwhile, was between Hungary and the Netherlands, the latter of whom pulled of somewhat of an upset by taking the medal by a margin of 0.58 seconds. This was Schmidt’s second medal of the Games, as she had already been runner-up in the K-1 500, and both her and her partner would become double Olympic champions in the K-4 500 the following day. Gesheva, meanwhile, who had been the K-1 500 champion, would take bronze with Paliyska in the K-4 500.

PosNrBoatNOCR1RepSFFinal
1250/248Birgit Schmidt / Anke NothnagelGDR1:45.53 (2 h1)1:46.62 (1 h3)1:43.46 (1)GoldOB
2127/130Vanya Gesheva / Diana PaliyskaBUL1:44.52 (1 h1)1:52.48 (2 h1)1:44.06 (2)Silver
3261/260Annemiek Derckx / Annemarie CoxNED1:48.65 (1 h2)1:50.24 (2 h2)1:46.00 (3)Bronze
4275/276Erika Mészáros / Éva RakuszHUN1:46.54 (3 h1)1:48.94 (1 h2)1:46.58 (4)
5391/389Irina Salomykova / Irina KhmelevskayaURS1:47.30 (4 h1)1:49.81 (1 h1)1:49.55 (2 h3)1:47.68 (5)
6365/363Anna Olsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:52.82 (5 h1)1:53.17 (1 h2)1:51.41 (1 h1)1:48.39 (6)
7409/412Sheila Conover / Cathy Marino-GeersUSA1:50.54 (2 h2)1:54.16 (3 h3)1:50.33 (7)
8146/148Barb Olmsted / Sheila TaylorCAN1:52.45 (4 h2)1:54.56 (2 h2)1:52.62 (3 h2)1:51.03 (8)
9338/339Bożena Ksiąźek / Jolanta ŁukaszewiczPOL1:51.55 (3 h2)1:54.30 (3 h1)1:51.13 (9)
4 h1 r3/4214/213Claudia Österheld / Andrea MartinFRG1:55.25 (6 h1)1:56.02 (3 h1)1:55.37 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4163/162Jeanette Knudsen / Birgitte FrobergDEN1:55.33 (5 h2)1:53.30 (2 h1)1:53.37 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/4232/234Janine Lawler / Liz SharmanGBR1:58.90 (7 h1)1:57.82 (3 h2)1:58.70 (4 h3)
4 h1 r2/4293/292Harumi Nakazato / Miyuki KobayashiJPN1:57.34 (7 h2)1:58.99 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4312/308Lee Do-Hui / Choi Seon-HyeongKOR1:57.10 (6 h2)2:00.34 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/4105/101Corina Martín / Verónica ArboARG1:59.38 (8 h1)2:04.72 (5 h1)

Round One (26 September 1988)

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

Heat One (11:33)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Vanya Gesheva / Diana PaliyskaBUL1:44.5250.38 (1)
54.14 (1)
Q
2Birgit Schmidt / Anke NothnagelGDR1:45.5351.20 (2)
54.33 (2)
Q
3Erika Mészáros / Éva RakuszHUN1:46.5452.13 (3)
54.41 (3)
Q
4Irina Salomykova / Irina KhmelevskayaURS1:47.3052.79 (4)
54.51 (4)
5Anna Olsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:52.8253.61 (5)
59.21 (5)
6Claudia Österheld / Andrea MartinFRG1:55.2554.44 (6)
1:00.81 (7)
7Janine Lawler / Liz SharmanGBR1:58.9056.79 (7)
1:02.11 (8)
8Corina Martín / Verónica ArboARG1:59.3859.39 (8)
59.99 (6)

Heat Two (11:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Annemiek Derckx / Annemarie CoxNED1:48.6553.16 (2)
55.49 (1)
Q
2Sheila Conover / Cathy Marino-GeersUSA1:50.5454.06 (3)
56.48 (2)
Q
3Bożena Ksiąźek / Jolanta ŁukaszewiczPOL1:51.5554.62 (4)
56.93 (3)
Q
4Barb Olmsted / Sheila TaylorCAN1:52.4552.66 (1)
59.79 (4)
5Jeanette Knudsen / Birgitte FrobergDEN1:55.3355.16 (5)
1:00.17 (6)
6Lee Do-Hui / Choi Seon-HyeongKOR1:57.1057.25 (7)
59.85 (5)
7Harumi Nakazato / Miyuki KobayashiJPN1:57.3456.14 (6)
1:01.20 (7)

Repêchage (26 September 1988)

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

Heat One (15:43)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Irina Salomykova / Irina KhmelevskayaURS1:49.8154.46 (1)
55.35 (1)
Q
2Jeanette Knudsen / Birgitte FrobergDEN1:53.3055.98 (2)
57.32 (2)
Q
3Claudia Österheld / Andrea MartinFRG1:56.0256.67 (3)
59.35 (3)
Q
4Harumi Nakazato / Miyuki KobayashiJPN1:58.9958.05 (4)
1:00.94 (4)
5Corina Martín / Verónica ArboARG2:04.721:01.31 (5)
1:03.41 (5)

Heat Two (15:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anna Olsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:53.1755.08 (2)
58.09 (1)
Q
2Barb Olmsted / Sheila TaylorCAN1:54.5654.55 (1)
1:00.01 (2)
Q
3Janine Lawler / Liz SharmanGBR1:57.8257.37 (3)
1:00.45 (3)
Q
4Lee Do-Hui / Choi Seon-HyeongKOR2:00.3459.88 (4)
1:00.46 (4)

Semi-Finals (28 September 1988)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anna Olsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:51.4155.02 (2)
56.39 (1)
Q
2Vanya Gesheva / Diana PaliyskaBUL1:52.4854.07 (1)
58.41 (2)
Q
3Bożena Ksiąźek / Jolanta ŁukaszewiczPOL1:54.3055.62 (3)
58.68 (3)
Q
4Claudia Österheld / Andrea MartinFRG1:55.3756.63 (4)
58.74 (4)

Heat Two (11:41)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Erika Mészáros / Éva RakuszHUN1:48.9453.33 (1)
55.61 (1)
Q
2Annemiek Derckx / Annemarie CoxNED1:50.2454.20 (2)
56.04 (2)
Q
3Barb Olmsted / Sheila TaylorCAN1:52.6254.94 (3)
57.68 (4)
Q
4Jeanette Knudsen / Birgitte FrobergDEN1:53.3755.92 (4)
57.45 (3)

Heat Three (11:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit Schmidt / Anke NothnagelGDR1:46.6251.92 (1)
54.70 (1)
Q
2Irina Salomykova / Irina KhmelevskayaURS1:49.5553.72 (2)
55.83 (2)
Q
3Sheila Conover / Cathy Marino-GeersUSA1:54.1655.30 (3)
58.86 (3)
Q
4Janine Lawler / Liz SharmanGBR1:58.7056.14 (4)
1:02.56 (4)

Final Round (30 September 1988 — 11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit Schmidt / Anke NothnagelGDR1:43.4651.04 (2)
52.42 (2)
OB
2Vanya Gesheva / Diana PaliyskaBUL1:44.0650.54 (1)
53.52 (3)
3Annemiek Derckx / Annemarie CoxNED1:46.0054.05 (8)
51.95 (1)
4Erika Mészáros / Éva RakuszHUN1:46.5852.09 (4)
54.49 (4)
5Irina Salomykova / Irina KhmelevskayaURS1:47.6851.53 (3)
56.15 (6)
6Anna Olsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:48.3952.56 (5)
55.83 (5)
7Sheila Conover / Cathy Marino-GeersUSA1:50.3353.10 (6)
57.23 (8)
8Barb Olmsted / Sheila TaylorCAN1:51.0353.61 (7)
57.42 (9)
9Bożena Ksiąźek / Jolanta ŁukaszewiczPOL1:51.1354.82 (9)
56.31 (7)