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Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women

Date6 – 8 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants44 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 1:31.077 / Germany GER / 3 August 1996

The women’s K-4 500 event was introduced at the 1984 Summer Olympics, the only time in the competition’s Olympic history that the first two podium spots did not go to either Hungary or a German nation (Hungary and East Germany were among the nations that boycotted these Games). Since then the Germans (East Germany in 1988) had taken the gold medal every time but once, losing it to Hungary in 1992. In the World Championships, Hungary earned the title nine times and Germany or East Germany 12 times since its Olympic début, with Hungary being the most recent; the last time another nation had been a World Champion was Bulgaria in 1977. Thus, without a doubt, Germany and Hungary were the favorites for gold and silver in 2012. The bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships was Belarus, but the race for the third podium spot was far more open than that for either of the others.

In the opening round Germany and Hungary won their respective heats, but Hungary did so in a time that was slower than every team in the Germans’ heat, except for Poland. Portugal, as the next fastest team, qualified directly to the final alongside the two favorites for the race. In the semi-finals Poland posted a world record to win the round and qualify for the finals alongside Belarus, Russia, Great Britain, and France. The final came down to a mad dash between the Germany and Hungary, but the Hungarians defeated their rivals handily, denying them a fifth consecutive gold medal in the event. In fact the Germans were nearly upset by the Belarusians, who finished just over a tenth of a second behind them to claim bronze. Thus, for the first time in 16 years, the German K-4 500 team left the Olympics with a silver medal.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1136/133/132/129HungaryHUN1:35.769 (1 h1)1:30.827 (1)Gold
Gabriella SzabóDanuta KozákKatalin KovácsKrisztina Fazekas Zur
2121/124/123/112GermanyGER1:31.633 (1 h2)1:31.298 (2)Silver
Carolin LeonhardtFranziska WeberKatrin Wagner-AugustinTina Dietze
334/35/32/36BelarusBLR1:33.676 (3 h2)1:30.883 (2 h1)1:31.400 (3)Bronze
Iryna PamialovaNadzeya PapokVolha KhudzenkaMaryna Pautaran
4174/169/172/171PolandPOL1:35.843 (5 h2)1:30.338 (1 h1)1:31.607 (4)
Marta WalczykiewiczAneta KoniecznaKarolina NajaBeata Mikołajczyk
5109/101/103/107Great BritainGBR1:37.355 (2 h1)1:32.550 (4 h1)1:33.055 (5)
Jess WalkerRachel CawthornAngela HannahLouisa Sawers
6177/180/175/178PortugalPOR1:32.785 (2 h2)1:33.453 (6)
Teresa PortelaJoana VasconcelosBeatriz GomesHelena Rodrigues
7205/208/201/195Russian FederationRUS1:33.680 (4 h2)1:31.824 (3 h1)1:33.459 (7)
Yuliana SalakhovaVera SobetovaNataliya PodolskayaYuliya Kachalova
893/98/95/99FranceFRA1:40.022 (3 h1)1:33.303 (5 h1)1:35.299 (8)
Marie DelattreJoanne MayerSarah GuyotGabrielle Tuleu
913/8/6/11AustraliaAUS1:41.794 (6 h1)1:33.671 (6 h1)
Rach LovellHannah DavisJo Brigden-JonesLyndsie Fogarty
10217/221/218/224SerbiaSRB1:40.756 (5 h1)1:33.823 (7 h1)
Antonija Horvat-PandaAntonija NađRenata Major-KubikMarta Tibor
1159/54/56/55People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:40.661 (4 h1)1:34.004 (8 h1)
Yu LameiLi ZhangliRen WenjunLiu Haiping

Round One (6 August 2012 — 10:39)

Winner in each heat and fastest number two advanced to final, rest advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (10:39)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1HungaryHUN1:35.76945.12 (1)
50.640 (1)
Q
Gabriella SzabóDanuta KozákKatalin KovácsKrisztina Fazekas Zur
2Great BritainGBR1:37.35545.27 (2)
52.080 (2)
q
Jess WalkerRachel CawthornAngela HannahLouisa Sawers
3FranceFRA1:40.02246.11 (3)
53.910 (5)
q
Marie DelattreJoanne MayerSarah GuyotGabrielle Tuleu
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:40.66147.88 (6)
52.780 (3)
q
Yu LameiLi ZhangliRen WenjunLiu Haiping
5SerbiaSRB1:40.75647.54 (5)
53.210 (4)
q
Antonija Horvat-PandaAntonija NađRenata Major-KubikMarta Tibor
6AustraliaAUS1:41.79447.35 (4)
54.440 (6)
q
Rach LovellHannah DavisJo Brigden-JonesLyndsie Fogarty

Heat Two (10:46)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1GermanyGER1:31.63344.85 (1)
46.780 (1)
Q
Carolin LeonhardtFranziska WeberKatrin Wagner-AugustinTina Dietze
2PortugalPOR1:32.78545.24 (3)
47.540 (2)
Q
Teresa PortelaJoana VasconcelosBeatriz GomesHelena Rodrigues
3BelarusBLR1:33.67646.07 (4)
47.600 (3)
q
Iryna PamialovaNadzeya PapokVolha KhudzenkaMaryna Pautaran
4Russian FederationRUS1:33.68044.99 (2)
48.690 (4)
q
Yuliana SalakhovaVera SobetovaNataliya PodolskayaYuliya Kachalova
5PolandPOL1:35.84346.42 (5)
49.420 (5)
q
Marta WalczykiewiczAneta KoniecznaKarolina NajaBeata Mikołajczyk

Semi-Finals (6 August 2012 — 11:51)

Top five in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (11:51)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1PolandPOL1:30.33844.17 (2)
46.160 (1)
Q
Marta WalczykiewiczAneta KoniecznaKarolina NajaBeata Mikołajczyk
2BelarusBLR1:30.88343.92 (1)
46.960 (3)
Q
Iryna PamialovaNadzeya PapokVolha KhudzenkaMaryna Pautaran
3Russian FederationRUS1:31.82445.04 (3)
46.780 (2)
Q
Yuliana SalakhovaVera SobetovaNataliya PodolskayaYuliya Kachalova
4Great BritainGBR1:32.55045.24 (4)
47.310 (6)
Q
Jess WalkerRachel CawthornAngela HannahLouisa Sawers
5FranceFRA1:33.30346.00 (5)
47.300 (5)
Q
Marie DelattreJoanne MayerSarah GuyotGabrielle Tuleu
6AustraliaAUS1:33.67146.50 (8)
47.170 (4)
Rach LovellHannah DavisJo Brigden-JonesLyndsie Fogarty
7SerbiaSRB1:33.82346.39 (7)
47.430 (7)
Antonija Horvat-PandaAntonija NađRenata Major-KubikMarta Tibor
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN1:34.00446.15 (6)
47.850 (8)
Yu LameiLi ZhangliRen WenjunLiu Haiping

Final Round (8 August 2012 — 10:44)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1HungaryHUN1:30.82744.40 (2)
46.420 (1)
Gabriella SzabóDanuta KozákKatalin KovácsKrisztina Fazekas Zur
2GermanyGER1:31.29844.63 (3)
46.660 (3)
Carolin LeonhardtFranziska WeberKatrin Wagner-AugustinTina Dietze
3BelarusBLR1:31.40044.27 (1)
47.130 (4)
Iryna PamialovaNadzeya PapokVolha KhudzenkaMaryna Pautaran
4PolandPOL1:31.60744.99 (4)
46.610 (2)
Marta WalczykiewiczAneta KoniecznaKarolina NajaBeata Mikołajczyk
5Great BritainGBR1:33.05545.59 (7)
47.460 (5)
Jess WalkerRachel CawthornAngela HannahLouisa Sawers
6PortugalPOR1:33.45345.97 (8)
47.480 (6)
Teresa PortelaJoana VasconcelosBeatriz GomesHelena Rodrigues
7Russian FederationRUS1:33.45945.15 (5)
48.300 (7)
Yuliana SalakhovaVera SobetovaNataliya PodolskayaYuliya Kachalova
8FranceFRA1:35.29945.39 (6)
49.900 (8)
Marie DelattreJoanne MayerSarah GuyotGabrielle Tuleu