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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date27 September – 1 October 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Participants17 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 1:47.655 / Rita Kőbán HUN / 4 August 1996

Since being runner-up in the K-1 500 at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Canada’s Caroline Brunet had won the K-1 200 and 500 at every edition of the World Championships, and the K-1 1000 in 1997 and 1999, making her a strong favorite to take the title at the 2000 Games. Italy’s Josefa Idem-Guerrini, who competed in every Olympics since 1984, was runner-up to Brunet in every event in 1997 and 1999, and was first, second, and third in the K-1 1000, 200, and 500 respectively in 1998. These two were the primary contenders for the gold medal, but others such as Hungary’s Rita Kőbán, who was, among other titles, the defending Olympic champion, were in the running for the podium as well. Kőbán, like Idem-Guerrini, was a seasoned veteran, having won her first World Championship medal in 1985 and participated in her first Olympics three years later.

Brunet and Idem-Guerrini won their heats in the opening round, while Kőbán was second to the Italian. As expected, Brunet and Idem-Guerrini battled each other at the front of the pack for most of the final, but the latter pulled away in the final 100 metres and defeated the Canadian for her first time in the K-1 500, taking home her first Olympic title in five editions of the Games for her efforts. Australia’s Katrin Borchert, the 1989 and 1991 World Champion, narrowly missed stealing silver from Brunet and took bronze instead in front of her home crowd.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1Josefa Idem-GuerriniITA1:49.889 (1 h2)2:13.848 (1)Gold
2Caroline BrunetCAN1:51.558 (1 h1)2:14.646 (2)Silver
3Katrin BorchertAUS1:52.187 (4 h2)1:53.070 (1)2:15.138 (3)Bronze
4Nataša JanićSCG1:54.395 (5 h2)1:55.482 (2)2:16.506 (4)
5Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:53.202 (3 h1)2:18.018 (5)
6Rita KőbánHUN1:50.777 (2 h2)2:19.668 (6)
7Ruth NortjeRSA1:51.047 (3 h2)2:20.274 (7)
8Uschi ProfanterAUT1:56.118 (7 h1)1:55.626 (3)2:20.598 (8)
9Anna OlssonSWE1:52.782 (2 h1)2:24.774 (9)
4 h1 r2/3Manuela MuckeGER1:54.870 (5 h1)1:55.794 (4)
5 h1 r2/3Sanda TomaROU1:54.738 (4 h1)1:56.310 (5)
6 h1 r2/3Kathy ColinUSA1:55.373 (6 h2)1:57.000 (6)
7 h1 r2/3Teresa PortelaESP1:59.153 (7 h2)1:58.932 (7)
8 h1 r2/3Marcela ErbanováSVK1:55.782 (6 h1)1:59.472 (8)
9 h1 r2/3Anna HemmingsGBR1:59.190 (8 h1)1:59.664 (9)
8 h2 r1/3Sayuri MaruyamaJPN2:00.833 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3Inna OsypenkoUKR2:02.712 (9 h1)

Round One (27 September 2000)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to the final. Places 4-7 and fastest eighth advanced to the semi-final.

Heat One (9:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Caroline BrunetCAN1:51.55854.38 (2)
57.178 (1)
Q
2Anna OlssonSWE1:52.78254.01 (1)
58.772 (5)
Q
3Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL1:53.20255.07 (3)
58.132 (3)
Q
4Sanda TomaROU1:54.73856.66 (6)
58.078 (2)
q
5Manuela MuckeGER1:54.87055.91 (4)
58.96 (6)
q
6Marcela ErbanováSVK1:55.78257.39 (7)
58.392 (4)
q
7Uschi ProfanterAUT1:56.11856.25 (5)
59.868 (7)
q
8Anna HemmingsGBR1:59.19057.73 (8)
1:01.460 (8)
q
9Inna OsypenkoUKR2:02.71258.35 (9)
1:04.362 (9)

Heat Two (9:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Josefa Idem-GuerriniITA1:49.88953.12 (1)
56.769 (3)
Q
2Rita KőbánHUN1:50.77753.83 (2)
56.947 (4)
Q
3Ruth NortjeRSA1:51.04754.99 (4)
56.057 (1)
Q
4Katrin BorchertAUS1:52.18755.55 (5)
56.637 (2)
q
5Nataša JanićSCG1:54.39556.04 (6)
58.355 (5)
q
6Kathy ColinUSA1:55.37356.69 (7)
58.683 (6)
q
7Teresa PortelaESP1:59.15354.4 (3)
1:04.753 (8)
q
8Sayuri MaruyamaJPN2:00.83357.58 (8)
1:03.253 (7)

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000 — 10:10)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katrin BorchertAUS1:53.07055.42 (1)
57.65 (1)
Q
2Nataša JanićSCG1:55.48256.26 (3)
59.222 (5)
Q
3Uschi ProfanterAUT1:55.62655.84 (2)
59.786 (6)
Q
4Manuela MuckeGER1:55.79457.26 (5)
58.534 (2)
5Sanda TomaROU1:56.31057.59 (6)
58.72 (3)
6Kathy ColinUSA1:57.00057.88 (7)
59.12 (4)
7Teresa PortelaESP1:58.93256.41 (4)
1:02.522 (9)
8Marcela ErbanováSVK1:59.47258.52 (9)
1:00.952 (7)
9Anna HemmingsGBR1:59.66458.04 (8)
1:01.624 (8)

Final Round (1 October 2000 — 9:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Josefa Idem-GuerriniITA2:13.8481:10.250 (3)
1:03.598 (1)
2Caroline BrunetCAN2:14.6461:09.650 (1)
1:04.996 (3)
3Katrin BorchertAUS2:15.1381:10.960 (4)
1:04.178 (2)
4Nataša JanićSCG2:16.5061:09.960 (2)
1:06.546 (4)
5Elżbieta UrbańczykPOL2:18.0181:11.180 (5)
1:06.838 (5)
6Rita KőbánHUN2:19.6681:11.970 (7)
1:07.698 (6)
7Ruth NortjeRSA2:20.2741:12.230 (8)
1:08.044 (7)
8Uschi ProfanterAUT2:20.5981:11.570 (6)
1:09.028 (8)
9Anna OlssonSWE2:24.7741:13.330 (9)
1:11.444 (9)