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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date3 – 7 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationCanal Olímpico de Cataluña, Castelldefels
Participants16 from 16 countries

Birgit Schmidt, the dominant force in women’s canoeing for many years, had retired after the 1988 Summer Olympics, but returned to compete at the 1992 Games for a unified Germany. Vanya Gesheva, the Bulgarian who had dealt Schmidt a surprising defeat in the 1988 K-1 500, had retired, and thus the German had new challenges to overcome, including one from Josefa Idem, the 1990 World Champion and 1989 and 1991 World bronze medalist who had competed for West Germany at the 1984 and 1988 Games, but was now racing for Italy by virtue of her marriage to her coach Guglielmo Guerrini. Another contender was Poland’s Izabella Dylewska-Światowiak, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. Schmidt set an Olympic record in the seeding round that was bested by Idem in the semi-finals, who defeated Schmidt in the process, and then again by Hungary’s Rita Kőbán, the 1991 World runner-up, who outperformed Dylewska-Światowiak. The final was a battle between Schmidt and Kőbán, but the German’s determination won through and she captured the gold medal by 0.36 seconds. Dylewska-Światowiak, meanwhile, came in 0.4 seconds later and edged out Idem for bronze by approximately the same margin. Kőbán would have her revenge on Schmidt in the K-4 500, where the Hungarians won gold and the Germans took silver, and would earn a full complement of medals at the Games by capturing bronze in the K-2 500.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1155Birgit SchmidtGER1:52.49 (1 h1)1:52.13 (2 h1)1:51.60 (1)Gold
2175Rita KőbánHUN1:53.36 (2 h1)1:50.97 (1 h2)1:51.96 (2)Silver
3243Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:55.72 (4 h1)1:51.61 (2 h2)1:52.36 (3)Bronze
4197Josefa IdemITA1:54.08 (3 h1)1:51.56 (1 h1)1:52.78 (4)
5018Uschi ProfanterAUT1:56.25 (5 h1)1:52.86 (4 h1)1:53.17 (5)
6122Sabine GoetschyFRA1:57.68 (3 h2)1:51.99 (3 h2)1:53.53 (6)
7039Caroline BrunetCAN1:56.32 (2 h2)1:52.69 (3 h1)1:54.82 (7)
8279Sanda TomaROU1:55.24 (2 h3)1:52.82 (5 h2)1:54.84 (8)
9293Susanne GunnarssonSWE1:54.14 (1 h2)1:52.30 (4 h2)1:55.55 (9)
5 h1 r2/3323Sheila ConoverUSA1:54.57 (1 h3)1:53.05 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/3112Irina VaagEUN1:57.47 (3 h3)1:56.71 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3288Ingrid HaralamowSUI1:58.74 (4 h2)1:55.36 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3090Susana TorrejónESP2:03.76 (5 h2)2:00.33 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3069Yvonne KnudsenDEN2:01.09 (6 h1)1:57.94 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3286Dene SimpsonRSA2:06.62 (7 h1)2:02.42 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3140Alison ThorogoodGBR1:57.63 (4 h3)1:58.23 (8 h2)

Round One (3 August 1992)

Seeding round for semi-finals.

Heat One (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit SchmidtGER1:52.4954.34 (1)
58.15 (2)
QOB
2Rita KőbánHUN1:53.3655.33 (3)
58.03 (1)
Q
3Josefa IdemITA1:54.0855.23 (2)
58.85 (3)
Q
4Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:55.7255.64 (4)
1:00.08 (4)
Q
5Uschi ProfanterAUT1:56.2556.10 (5)
1:00.15 (5)
Q
6Yvonne KnudsenDEN2:01.0958.36 (6)
1:02.73 (6)
Q
7Dene SimpsonRSA2:06.621:01.71 (7)
1:04.91 (7)
Q

Heat Two (10:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Susanne GunnarssonSWE1:54.1455.73 (2)
58.41 (1)
Q
2Caroline BrunetCAN1:56.3254.85 (1)
1:01.47 (2)
Q
3Sabine GoetschyFRA1:57.6856.11 (3)
1:01.57 (3)
Q
4Ingrid HaralamowSUI1:58.7456.91 (4)
1:01.83 (4)
Q
5Susana TorrejónESP2:03.7659.13 (5)
1:04.63 (5)
Q

Heat Three (10:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Sheila ConoverUSA1:54.5756.44 (2)
58.13 (1)
Q
2Sanda TomaROU1:55.2456.39 (1)
58.85 (2)
Q
3Irina VaagEUN1:57.4757.70 (3)
59.77 (4)
Q
4Alison ThorogoodGBR1:57.6358.50 (4)
59.13 (3)
Q

Semi-Finals (5 August 1992)

Top four in each heat and fastest fifth advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Josefa IdemITA1:51.5653.91 (2)
57.65 (2)
QOB
2Birgit SchmidtGER1:52.1353.76 (1)
58.37 (3)
Q
3Caroline BrunetCAN1:52.6953.92 (3)
58.77 (5)
Q
4Uschi ProfanterAUT1:52.8654.47 (4)
58.39 (4)
Q
5Sheila ConoverUSA1:53.0555.88 (5)
57.17 (1)
6Irina VaagEUN1:56.7156.42 (6)
1:00.29 (6)
7Susana TorrejónESP2:00.3357.25 (7)
1:03.08 (8)
8Dene SimpsonRSA2:02.4259.68 (8)
1:02.74 (7)

Heat Two (10:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Rita KőbánHUN1:50.9753.48 (1)
57.49 (3)
QOB
2Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:51.6154.36 (3)
57.25 (2)
Q
3Sabine GoetschyFRA1:51.9953.95 (2)
58.04 (5)
Q
4Susanne GunnarssonSWE1:52.3055.09 (5)
57.21 (1)
Q
5Sanda TomaROU1:52.8254.86 (4)
57.96 (4)
q
6Ingrid HaralamowSUI1:55.3656.71 (6)
58.65 (6)
7Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:57.9456.89 (7)
1:01.05 (8)
8Alison ThorogoodGBR1:58.2358.72 (8)
59.51 (7)

Final Round (7 August 1992 — 10:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit SchmidtGER1:51.6053.71 (1)
57.89 (2)
2Rita KőbánHUN1:51.9653.79 (2)
58.17 (4)
3Izabela Dylewska-ŚwiatowiakPOL1:52.3654.50 (4)
57.86 (1)
4Josefa IdemITA1:52.7854.65 (5)
58.13 (3)
5Uschi ProfanterAUT1:53.1754.95 (7)
58.22 (5)
6Sabine GoetschyFRA1:53.5354.88 (6)
58.65 (6)
7Caroline BrunetCAN1:54.8254.42 (3)
1:00.40 (9)
8Sanda TomaROU1:54.8456.11 (9)
58.73 (7)
9Susanne GunnarssonSWE1:55.5555.90 (8)
59.65 (8)