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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date24 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kopelatodramio Skhoinia, Schinias National Park
Participants30 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 1:39.329 / Agneta Andersson / Susanne Gunnarsson SWE / 4 August 1996

Hungary had won the K-2 500 at the last three editions of the World Championships, and at two of the last three European championships, but never with their entry to the 2004 Summer Olympics, Natasa Janics and Katalin Kovács. Kovács, however, had 12 World and 8 European titles in other disciplines, however, as well as a silver medal in this discipline from the 2000 Games, and thus the Hungarians were considered the favorites. The only nation to have defeated the Hungarians in this event recentely was Poland, who won the 2002 European championships with the help of Aneta Pastuszka. Pastuszka was present in Athens and brought Beata Sokołowska in her bid to take the crown away from the Hungarians once again. Germany, meanwhile, had Birgit Fischer, the 1988 and 2000 Olympic champion, who was taking part in her sixth and final edition of the Games and was partnered with Carolin Leonhardt.

Hungary and Germany won their heats in the opening round, while Poland was third in Germany’s heat behind China’s Xu Linbei and Zhong Hongyan, although all advanced directly to the final. The medal round was rarely a close competition, with Hungary, Germany, and Poland finishing in that order with at least half a second of breathing room. Janics became a double Olympic champion, having won the K-1 500 about an hour prior to the K-2 500 final, while Fischer and Leonhardt added silver to the gold medals that they had won the previous day in the K-4 500. Kovács, meanwhile, had taken silver in that event.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1127/131Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:38.606 (1 h1)1:38.101 (1)Gold
2110/111Birgit Fischer / Carolin LeonhardtGER1:39.588 (1 h2)1:39.533 (2)Silver
3167/179Aneta Pastuszka / Beata Sokołowska-KuleszaPOL1:41.164 (3 h2)1:40.077 (3)Bronze
460/57Xu Linbei / Zhong HongyanCHN1:40.943 (2 h2)1:40.913 (4)
583/84Beatriz Manchón / Teresa PortelaESP1:41.338 (2 h1)1:42.409 (5)
631/32Delyana Dacheva / Bonka PindzhevaBUL1:44.268 (5 h2)1:44.246 (1)1:42.553 (6)
750/35Caroline Brunet / Mylanie BarréCAN1:43.434 (3 h1)1:42.833 (7)
8219/220Sofia Paldanius / Anna KarlssonSWE1:44.059 (4 h2)1:44.570 (2)1:43.077 (8)
918/19Hanna Puchkova / Alena BetsBLR1:45.279 (6 h2)1:45.234 (3)1:43.729 (9)
4 h1 r2/3248/249Anne-Laure Viard / Marie DelattreFRA1:45.090 (5 h1)1:45.626 (4)
5 h1 r2/3185/186Florica Vulpeș / Lidia TalpăROU1:45.386 (7 h1)1:45.770 (5)
6 h1 r2/3149/150Nataliya Sergeyeva / Ellina UzhakhovaKAZ1:46.710 (8 h1)1:46.214 (6)
7 h1 r2/3229/230Kathy Colin / Lauren SpaldingUSA1:45.158 (6 h1)1:46.786 (7)
8 h1 r2/3144/145Shinobu Kitamoto / Yumiko SuzukiJPN1:44.730 (4 h1)1:47.614 (8)
9 h1 r2/33/4Paula Harvey / Susan TeggAUS1:46.319 (7 h2)1:51.402 (9)

Round One (24 August 2004 — 11:05-11:25)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final. All others advanced to the semi-final.

Heat One (11:05)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:38.60648.51 (1)
50.096 (1)
QOB
2Beatriz Manchón / Teresa PortelaESP1:41.33849.09 (2)
52.248 (2)
Q
3Caroline Brunet / Mylanie BarréCAN1:43.43450.83 (3)
52.604 (3)
Q
4Shinobu Kitamoto / Yumiko SuzukiJPN1:44.73051.08 (4)
53.650 (=6)
q
5Anne-Laure Viard / Marie DelattreFRA1:45.09051.44 (5)
53.650 (=6)
q
6Kathy Colin / Lauren SpaldingUSA1:45.15852.39 (7)
52.768 (4)
q
7Florica Vulpeș / Lidia TalpăROU1:45.38651.86 (6)
53.526 (5)
q
8Nataliya Sergeyeva / Ellina UzhakhovaKAZ1:46.71052.94 (8)
53.770 (8)
q

Heat Two (11:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Birgit Fischer / Carolin LeonhardtGER1:39.58848.24 (1)
51.348 (1)
Q
2Xu Linbei / Zhong HongyanCHN1:40.94348.80 (2)
52.143 (4)
Q
3Aneta Pastuszka / Beata Sokołowska-KuleszaPOL1:41.16449.49 (3)
51.674 (2)
Q
4Sofia Paldanius / Anna KarlssonSWE1:44.05950.88 (5)
53.179 (5)
q
5Delyana Dacheva / Bonka PindzhevaBUL1:44.26850.24 (4)
54.028 (7)
q
6Hanna Puchkova / Alena BetsBLR1:45.27953.45 (7)
51.829 (3)
q
7Paula Harvey / Susan TeggAUS1:46.31952.73 (6)
53.589 (6)
q

Semi-Finals (26 August 2004 — 10:10-10:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Delyana Dacheva / Bonka PindzhevaBUL1:44.24650.83 (2)
53.416 (2)
Q
2Sofia Paldanius / Anna KarlssonSWE1:44.57051.97 (6)
52.600 (1)
Q
3Hanna Puchkova / Alena BetsBLR1:45.23451.23 (3)
54.004 (5)
Q
4Anne-Laure Viard / Marie DelattreFRA1:45.62651.43 (4)
54.196 (6)
5Florica Vulpeș / Lidia TalpăROU1:45.77051.88 (5)
53.890 (4)
6Nataliya Sergeyeva / Ellina UzhakhovaKAZ1:46.21452.41 (7)
53.804 (3)
7Kathy Colin / Lauren SpaldingUSA1:46.78652.57 (8)
54.216 (7)
8Shinobu Kitamoto / Yumiko SuzukiJPN1:47.61450.40 (1)
57.214 (8)
9Paula Harvey / Susan TeggAUS1:51.40253.12 (9)
58.282 (9)

Final Round (28 August 2004 — 10:25-10:35)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:38.10147.96 (2)
50.141 (1)
OB
2Birgit Fischer / Carolin LeonhardtGER1:39.53347.73 (1)
51.803 (4)
3Aneta Pastuszka / Beata Sokołowska-KuleszaPOL1:40.07748.06 (3)
52.017 (5)
4Xu Linbei / Zhong HongyanCHN1:40.91350.12 (6)
50.793 (2)
5Beatriz Manchón / Teresa PortelaESP1:42.40948.55 (4)
53.859 (9)
6Delyana Dacheva / Bonka PindzhevaBUL1:42.55350.83 (8)
51.723 (3)
7Caroline Brunet / Mylanie BarréCAN1:42.83350.29 (7)
52.543 (7)
8Sofia Paldanius / Anna KarlssonSWE1:43.07750.03 (5)
53.047 (8)
9Hanna Puchkova / Alena BetsBLR1:43.72951.25 (9)
52.479 (6)