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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date19 – 23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants34 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 1:38.101 / Katalin Kovács / Natasa Janics HUN / 28 August 2004

Since its victory in the women’s K-2 500 at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Hungary had won the event at every major international tournament except for the 2007 World Championships, almost always with Katalin Kovács and Natasa Janics. Its only defeat came at the hands of Germany’s Fanny Fischer and Nicole Reinhardt, who they would challenge to a rematch at the 2008 Games. Germany, with various lineups, was also the runner-up at the European championships from 2005 through 2007 and a bronze medalist at the 2008 European and 2006 World Championships. These two nations won their opening round heats and advanced directly to the finals, which the Hungarians won with ease. Poland’s Beata Mikołajczyk and Aneta Konieczna, the latter of whom had won bronze in this event at the last two Olympics, captured silver, while France’s Marie Delattre and Anne-Laure Viard, the 2005 and 2007 World and 2005 European bronze medalists, knocked Germany off the podium entirely by taking bronze. The Hungarians thus got their revenge on the Germans, who had kept them at a silver medal in the K-4 500 the previous day.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1127/125Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:42.162 (1 h2)1:41.308 (1)Gold
2187/183Beata Mikołajczyk / Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:44.631 (2 h1)1:42.092 (2)Silver
392/96Marie Delattre / Anne-Laure ViardFRA1:43.832 (2 h2)1:42.128 (3)Bronze
4110/113Fanny Fischer / Nicole ReinhardtGER1:43.412 (1 h1)1:42.899 (4)
5150/151Shinobu Kitamoto / Mikiko TakeyaJPN1:46.980 (6 h1)1:43.541 (1 h1)1:43.291 (5)
613/5Hannah Davis / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:45.124 (3 h2)1:43.969 (6)
788/86Anne Rikala / Jenni MikkonenFIN1:45.735 (4 h1)1:44.624 (2 h1)1:44.176 (7)
873/72Michala Strnadová / Jana BlahováCZE1:45.104 (3 h1)1:44.870 (8)
915/16Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:46.980 (5 h2)1:44.834 (3 h1)1:44.965 (9)
4 h1 r2/379/83Beatriz Manchón / Sonia MolanesESP1:46.646 (5 h1)1:45.313 (4 h1)
5 h1 r2/3196/194Helena Rodrigues / Beatriz GomesPOR1:47.588 (7 h2)1:46.021 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/3145/148Stefania Cicali / Fabiana SgroiITA1:47.018 (6 h2)1:46.163 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/3226/227Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:47.284 (7 h1)1:46.380 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/3203/206Michele Eray / Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:47.341 (8 h1)1:47.018 (8 h1)
9 h1 r2/337/30Kristin Gauthier / Mylanie BarréCAN1:46.129 (4 h2)1:47.510 (9 h1)
8 h1 r1/358/59Xu Linbei / Wang FengCHN1:47.645 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3102/100Jess Walker / Anna HemmingsGBR1:47.435 (9 h1)

Round One (19 August 2008)

Top three in each heat advanced to final, places 4-7 and fastest eighth in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (17:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Fanny Fischer / Nicole ReinhardtGER1:43.41251.05 (3)
52.362 (1)
Q
2Beata Mikołajczyk / Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:44.63150.74 (1)
53.891 (2)
Q
3Michala Strnadová / Jana BlahováCZE1:45.10450.83 (2)
54.274 (5)
Q
4Anne Rikala / Jenni MikkonenFIN1:45.73551.50 (5)
54.235 (4)
5Beatriz Manchón / Sonia MolanesESP1:46.64651.81 (6)
54.836 (8)
6Shinobu Kitamoto / Mikiko TakeyaJPN1:46.98052.17 (7)
54.810 (7)
7Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:47.28451.41 (4)
55.874 (9)
8Michele Eray / Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:47.34153.36 (9)
53.981 (3)
9Jess Walker / Anna HemmingsGBR1:47.43553.01 (8)
54.425 (6)

Heat Two (18:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:42.16249.59 (1)
52.572 (1)
Q
2Marie Delattre / Anne-Laure ViardFRA1:43.83250.16 (2)
53.672 (3)
Q
3Hannah Davis / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:45.12451.72 (5)
53.404 (2)
Q
4Kristin Gauthier / Mylanie BarréCAN1:46.12951.95 (6)
54.179 (4)
5Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:46.98051.46 (4)
55.520 (7)
6Stefania Cicali / Fabiana SgroiITA1:47.01852.74 (8)
54.278 (5)
7Helena Rodrigues / Beatriz GomesPOR1:47.58851.37 (3)
56.218 (8)
8Xu Linbei / Wang FengCHN1:47.64552.48 (7)
55.165 (6)

Semi-Finals (21 August 2008)

Top three in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (17:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Shinobu Kitamoto / Mikiko TakeyaJPN1:43.54150.11 (1)
53.431 (2)
Q
2Anne Rikala / Jenni MikkonenFIN1:44.62451.14 (4)
53.484 (3)
Q
3Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:44.83450.64 (3)
54.194 (5)
Q
4Beatriz Manchón / Sonia MolanesESP1:45.31351.25 (5)
54.063 (4)
5Helena Rodrigues / Beatriz GomesPOR1:46.02151.64 (6)
54.381 (6)
6Stefania Cicali / Fabiana SgroiITA1:46.16353.10 (9)
53.063 (1)
7Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:46.38050.39 (2)
55.990 (9)
8Michele Eray / Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:47.01852.03 (8)
54.988 (7)
9Kristin Gauthier / Mylanie BarréCAN1:47.51051.70 (7)
55.810 (8)

Final Round (23 August 2008 — 17:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katalin Kovács / Natasa JanicsHUN1:41.30849.16 (1)
52.148 (1)
2Beata Mikołajczyk / Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:42.09249.38 (2)
52.712 (3)
3Marie Delattre / Anne-Laure ViardFRA1:42.12849.47 (3)
52.658 (2)
4Fanny Fischer / Nicole ReinhardtGER1:42.89949.74 (5)
53.159 (4)
5Shinobu Kitamoto / Mikiko TakeyaJPN1:43.29149.55 (4)
53.741 (6)
6Hannah Davis / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:43.96950.45 (7)
53.519 (5)
7Anne Rikala / Jenni MikkonenFIN1:44.17650.10 (6)
54.076 (9)
8Michala Strnadová / Jana BlahováCZE1:44.87051.00 (8)
53.870 (8)
9Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:44.96551.18 (9)
53.785 (7)