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Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women

Date18 – 22 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants40 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 1:31.077 / Germany GER / 3 August 1996

Germany and Hungary were the traditional rivals in the women’s K-4 500 and the former, in addition to having been victorious in the event at the last three Olympics, had won nearly every recent edition of the European and World Championships, except for the 2006 edition of both tournaments. These two nations won their opening heats and then raced to the finish ahead of the rest of the pack in the final. Germany, for the fourth consecutive time, emerged victorious, this time by a margin of 0.74 seconds, while Hungary once again settled for silver. Two members of the Hungarian team, Katalin Kovács and Natasa Janics, would get their revenge against the Germans the next day by winning the K-2 500, while Germany’s Katrin Wagner-Augustin would go on to take bronze in the K-1 500.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1110/113/103/249GermanyGER1:33.912 (1 h1)1:32.231 (1)Gold
Fanny FischerNicole ReinhardtKatrin Wagner-AugustinConny Waßmuth
2127/134/128/125HungaryHUN1:34.321 (1 h2)1:32.971 (2)Silver
Katalin KovácsGabriella SzabóDanuta KozákNatasa Janics
38/13/7/5AustraliaAUS1:36.516 (3 h2)1:34.704 (3)Bronze
Lisa OldenhofHannah DavisChantal MeekLyndsie Fogarty
4187/183/180/184PolandPOL1:36.497 (2 h2)1:34.752 (4)
Beata MikołajczykAneta KoniecznaEdyta DzieniszewskaDorota Kuczkowska
579/78/83/82SpainESP1:37.914 (4 h2)1:37.172 (1 h1)1:35.366 (5)
Beatriz ManchónJana ŠmidákováSonia MolanesTeresa Portela
6150/153/151/152JapanJPN1:38.618 (5 h1)1:37.449 (2 h1)1:36.465 (6)
Shinobu KitamotoAyaka KunoMikiko TakeyaYumiko Suzuki
7203/204/202/208South AfricaRSA1:37.399 (3 h1)1:36.724 (7)
Michele ErayCarol JoyceNicola MockeJennifer Hodson
8145/143/148/142ItalyITA1:37.436 (4 h1)1:37.887 (3 h1)1:36.770 (8)
Stefania CicaliAlessandra GaliottoFabiana SgroiAlice Fagioli
950/57/48/49People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:36.971 (2 h1)1:37.418 (9)
Xu YapingZhong HongyanYu LameiLiang Peixing
4 h1 r2/335/36/32/37CanadaCAN1:39.366 (5 h2)1:38.224 (4 h1)
Émilie FournelKaren FurneauxGeneviève Beauchesne-SévignyKristin Gauthier

Round One (18 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 (16:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1GermanyGER1:33.91245.75 (1)
48.162 (1)
Q
Fanny FischerNicole ReinhardtKatrin Wagner-AugustinConny Waßmuth
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:36.97146.00 (2)
50.971 (5)
Q
Xu YapingZhong HongyanYu LameiLiang Peixing
3South AfricaRSA1:37.39947.73 (4)
49.669 (2)
Q
Michele ErayCarol JoyceNicola MockeJennifer Hodson
4ItalyITA1:37.43647.52 (3)
49.916 (3)
Stefania CicaliAlessandra GaliottoFabiana SgroiAlice Fagioli
5JapanJPN1:38.61848.57 (5)
50.048 (4)
Shinobu KitamotoAyaka KunoMikiko TakeyaYumiko Suzuki

Heat Two (16:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1HungaryHUN1:34.32146.25 (1)
48.071 (1)
Q
Katalin KovácsGabriella SzabóDanuta KozákNatasa Janics
2PolandPOL1:36.49747.04 (2)
49.457 (3)
Q
Beata MikołajczykAneta KoniecznaEdyta DzieniszewskaDorota Kuczkowska
3AustraliaAUS1:36.51647.27 (3)
49.246 (2)
Q
Lisa OldenhofHannah DavisChantal MeekLyndsie Fogarty
4SpainESP1:37.91447.42 (4)
50.494 (4)
Beatriz ManchónJana ŠmidákováSonia MolanesTeresa Portela
5CanadaCAN1:39.36648.16 (5)
51.206 (5)
Émilie FournelKaren FurneauxGeneviève Beauchesne-SévignyKristin Gauthier

Semi-Finals (20 August 2008)

Top three in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (16:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1SpainESP1:37.17246.94 (1)
50.232 (4)
Q
Beatriz ManchónJana ŠmidákováSonia MolanesTeresa Portela
2JapanJPN1:37.44947.94 (2)
49.509 (2)
Q
Shinobu KitamotoAyaka KunoMikiko TakeyaYumiko Suzuki
3ItalyITA1:37.88748.80 (4)
49.087 (1)
Q
Stefania CicaliAlessandra GaliottoFabiana SgroiAlice Fagioli
4CanadaCAN1:38.22448.11 (3)
50.114 (3)
Émilie FournelKaren FurneauxGeneviève Beauchesne-SévignyKristin Gauthier

Final Round (22 August 2008 — 16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1GermanyGER1:32.23144.84 (1)
47.391 (2)
Fanny FischerNicole ReinhardtKatrin Wagner-AugustinConny Waßmuth
2HungaryHUN1:32.97145.83 (2)
47.141 (1)
Katalin KovácsGabriella SzabóDanuta KozákNatasa Janics
3AustraliaAUS1:34.70446.76 (5)
47.944 (4)
Lisa OldenhofHannah DavisChantal MeekLyndsie Fogarty
4PolandPOL1:34.75246.04 (3)
48.712 (7)
Beata MikołajczykAneta KoniecznaEdyta DzieniszewskaDorota Kuczkowska
5SpainESP1:35.36646.63 (4)
48.736 (8)
Beatriz ManchónJana ŠmidákováSonia MolanesTeresa Portela
6JapanJPN1:36.46548.34 (7)
48.125 (5)
Shinobu KitamotoAyaka KunoMikiko TakeyaYumiko Suzuki
7South AfricaRSA1:36.72448.04 (6)
48.684 (6)
Michele ErayCarol JoyceNicola MockeJennifer Hodson
8ItalyITA1:36.77048.83 (9)
47.940 (3)
Stefania CicaliAlessandra GaliottoFabiana SgroiAlice Fagioli
9People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:37.41848.59 (8)
48.828 (9)
Xu YapingZhong HongyanYu LameiLiang Peixing