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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date3 – 7 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationCanal Olímpico de Cataluña, Castelldefels
Participants36 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 1:43.46 / Birgit Schmidt / Anke Nothnagel GDR / 30 September 1988

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. She did not, however, take part in the K-2 500, leaving that task to her old partner, 1988 Olympic K-2 and K-4 500 champion Anke von Seck, and 1988 Olympic K-4 500 champion Ramona Portwich. This duo had won the event at the last two World Championships, while Seck had taken the 1989 edition with Heike Singer, and thus they were strong favorites in Barcelona. Indeed, the duo set an Olympic record in every round, although the final was close, as the top three finishers crossed the line within 0.52 seconds of each other, the top five within 0.85 seconds, and the top seven within 1.17 seconds. In the silver medal position were Sweden’s Susanne Gunnarsson and Agneta Andersson, the latter of whom was a 1984 Olympic champion in both the K-1 and K-2 500. Bronze, meanwhile, went to Hungary’s Rita Kőbán and Éva Dónusz, the latter of whom had thrice been runner-up to the Germans at the World Championships with Erika Mészáros. Most of the medalists in this event would also earn laurels in the K-4 500: the Hungarians were the victors, the Germans were runners-up, and the Swedes finished in third (although Gunnarsson was not among them). Kőbán had also been runner-up in the K-1 500 earlier in the day.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1152/159Ramona Portwich / Anke von SeckGER1:41.82 (1 h1)1:40.50 (1 h1)1:40.29 (1)GoldOB
2293/290Susanne Gunnarsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:42.23 (1 h2)1:41.08 (2 h2)1:40.41 (2)Silver
3175/171Rita Kőbán / Éva DónuszHUN1:42.54 (2 h1)1:40.63 (1 h2)1:40.81 (3)Bronze
4279/276Sanda Toma / Carmen SimionROU1:44.26 (3 h1)1:42.35 (3 h1)1:42.12 (4)
5045/047Alison Herst / Klara MacAskillCAN1:43.73 (1 h3)1:42.30 (2 h1)1:42.14 (5)
6243/252Izabela Dylewska-Światowiak / Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:44.43 (2 h3)1:43.50 (3 h2)1:42.44 (6)
7057/054Zhao Xiaoli / Ning MenghuaCHN1:43.07 (2 h2)1:42.86 (4 h1)1:42.46 (7)
8068/069Jeanette Knudsen / Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:45.82 (5 h1)1:43.58 (5 h1)1:43.98 (8)
9088/077Belén Sánchez / Joaquina CostaESP1:46.64 (6 h1)1:44.54 (4 h2)1:44.96 (9)
5 h2 r2/3332/334Cathy Marino-Geers / Traci PhillipsUSA1:53.52 (6 h3)1:45.50 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3122/120Sabine Goetschy / Bernadette BrégeonFRA1:45.19 (3 h3)1:43.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3310/309Pavlína Jobánková / Jitka JanáčkováTCH1:47.86 (3 h2)1:45.95 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3016/012Anna Wood / Kerri RandleAUS1:44.76 (4 h1)1:44.05 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3226/229Hege Brannsten / Ingeborg RasmussenNOR1:49.58 (7 h1)1:47.48 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3105/106Irina Samoylova / Galina SavenkoEUN1:46.06 (4 h3)1:45.20 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3035/033Bonka Pindzheva / Mariya KichukovaBUL1:50.04 (5 h2)1:50.28 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/3206/207Miyuki Kobayashi / Keiko MutoJPN1:48.40 (4 h2)1:46.38 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3280/286Lesley Carstens / Dene SimpsonRSA1:52.92 (5 h3)1:54.80 (9 h2)

Round One (3 August 1992)

Seeding round for semi-finals.

Heat One (11:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ramona Portwich / Anke von SeckGER1:41.8249.50 (1)
52.32 (2)
QOB
2Rita Kőbán / Éva DónuszHUN1:42.5450.53 (2)
52.01 (1)
Q
3Sanda Toma / Carmen SimionROU1:44.2651.75 (4)
52.51 (3)
Q
4Anna Wood / Kerri RandleAUS1:44.7651.39 (3)
53.37 (4)
Q
5Jeanette Knudsen / Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:45.8252.38 (6)
53.44 (5)
Q
6Belén Sánchez / Joaquina CostaESP1:46.6451.86 (5)
54.78 (6)
Q
7Hege Brannsten / Ingeborg RasmussenNOR1:49.5853.17 (7)
56.41 (7)
Q

Heat Two (11:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Susanne Gunnarsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:42.2349.86 (1)
52.37 (1)
Q
2Zhao Xiaoli / Ning MenghuaCHN1:43.0750.03 (2)
53.04 (2)
Q
3Pavlína Jobánková / Jitka JanáčkováTCH1:47.8652.07 (3)
55.79 (4)
Q
4Miyuki Kobayashi / Keiko MutoJPN1:48.4053.84 (5)
54.56 (3)
Q
5Bonka Pindzheva / Mariya KichukovaBUL1:50.0453.10 (4)
56.94 (5)
Q

Heat Three (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Alison Herst / Klara MacAskillCAN1:43.7349.85 (1)
53.88 (1)
Q
2Izabela Dylewska-Światowiak / Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:44.4350.41 (3)
54.02 (2)
Q
3Sabine Goetschy / Bernadette BrégeonFRA1:45.1950.14 (2)
55.05 (3)
Q
4Irina Samoylova / Galina SavenkoEUN1:46.0650.69 (4)
55.37 (4)
Q
5Lesley Carstens / Dene SimpsonRSA1:52.9256.81 (6)
56.11 (5)
Q
6Cathy Marino-Geers / Traci PhillipsUSA1:53.5251.57 (5)
1:01.95 (6)
Q

Semi-Finals (5 August 1992)

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

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ramona Portwich / Anke von SeckGER1:40.5049.03 (1)
51.47 (1)
QOB
2Alison Herst / Klara MacAskillCAN1:42.3049.44 (2)
52.86 (5)
Q
3Sanda Toma / Carmen SimionROU1:42.3550.57 (5)
51.78 (3)
Q
4Zhao Xiaoli / Ning MenghuaCHN1:42.8650.52 (4)
52.34 (4)
Q
5Jeanette Knudsen / Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:43.5851.96 (8)
51.62 (2)
q
6Sabine Goetschy / Bernadette BrégeonFRA1:43.6149.99 (3)
53.62 (7)
7Anna Wood / Kerri RandleAUS1:44.0550.58 (6)
53.47 (6)
8Irina Samoylova / Galina SavenkoEUN1:45.2050.96 (7)
54.24 (9)
9Miyuki Kobayashi / Keiko MutoJPN1:46.3852.57 (9)
53.81 (8)

Heat Two (11:45)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Rita Kőbán / Éva DónuszHUN1:40.6348.82 (1)
51.81 (2)
Q
2Susanne Gunnarsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:41.0849.53 (2)
51.55 (1)
Q
3Izabela Dylewska-Światowiak / Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:43.5049.83 (3)
53.67 (4)
Q
4Belén Sánchez / Joaquina CostaESP1:44.5451.52 (6)
53.02 (3)
Q
5Cathy Marino-Geers / Traci PhillipsUSA1:45.5050.96 (5)
54.54 (6)
6Pavlína Jobánková / Jitka JanáčkováTCH1:45.9550.89 (4)
55.06 (7)
7Hege Brannsten / Ingeborg RasmussenNOR1:47.4853.32 (7)
54.16 (5)
8Bonka Pindzheva / Mariya KichukovaBUL1:50.2854.15 (8)
56.13 (8)
9Lesley Carstens / Dene SimpsonRSA1:54.8056.81 (9)
57.99 (9)

Final Round (7 August 1992 — 11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Ramona Portwich / Anke von SeckGER1:40.2948.20 (2)
52.09 (3)
OB
2Susanne Gunnarsson / Agneta AnderssonSWE1:40.4148.61 (3)
51.80 (2)
3Rita Kőbán / Éva DónuszHUN1:40.8148.15 (1)
52.66 (7)
4Sanda Toma / Carmen SimionROU1:42.1250.47 (7)
51.65 (1)
5Alison Herst / Klara MacAskillCAN1:42.1449.99 (5)
52.15 (4)
6Izabela Dylewska-Światowiak / Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:42.4450.11 (6)
52.33 (5)
7Zhao Xiaoli / Ning MenghuaCHN1:42.4649.47 (4)
52.99 (8)
8Jeanette Knudsen / Yvonne KnudsenDEN1:43.9851.42 (9)
52.56 (6)
9Belén Sánchez / Joaquina CostaESP1:44.9651.41 (8)
53.55 (9)