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Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women

Date7 – 9 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants25 from 25 countries
Olympic Record 1:47.655 / Rita Kőbán HUN / 4 August 1996

Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, the defending Olympic champion and 2010 World Champion, was a favorite to win the women’s K-1 500 in London, but the event was historically full of strong challengers and the 2012 Olympics was no exception. Germany’s Nicole Reinhardt was the reigning World Champion, having also carried the title in 2005, and had eight World Championship victories in various disciplines, as well as a gold medal from the K-4 500 event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Reinhardt was injured before the London Games, however, and replaced by Katrin Wagner-Augustin, who had four Olympic and ten World Championship titles. Although these were mostly in K-4 events, she had been the Olympic bronze medalist in the K-1 500 four years earlier and was the reigning European Champion in the event. The traditionally strong Hungarian team had Danuta Kozák, who had five World Championship titles in K-2 and K-4 events, as well as silver from the K-4 500 event in Beijing, and had also won the K-1 500 at the 2011 European Championships.

Of all the kayakers, however, none were more heralded than Josefa Idem-Guerrini. At 47-years-old, Idem-Guerrini had first participated in the Olympic Games in 1984 when, competing for West Germany, she won a bronze medal in the K-2 500. In the K-1 500 she had an Olympic gold medal from 2000, in addition to silver from 2004 and 2008 and bronze from 1996, as well as 22 medals from the World Championship, five of which were gold and two of which (1990 and 2001) were from the K-1 500. In qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics, she became the first woman to compete at eight Olympics (in any sport), a continuous string from 1984.

The unpredictable nature of the event was evident right from beginning, as several of the less heralded kayakers finished quicker than the favorites, with Sofia Paldanius of Sweden posting the fastest time overall. Kozák earned the best time in the semi-finals, but Wagner-Augustin was surprisingly eliminated, ending her ability to continue the German dominance in canoeing at the 2012 Games. In the final, Osypenko-Radomska got off to a strong start and led for most of the race, but her strength began wane in the last stretch of the course. She was overtaken by Kozák, who won the gold medal handily, but still managed to earn silver after staving off Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa, who won the bronze. Hartley, whose only major international medal was bronze in the K-1 1000 at the 2009 World Championships, gave South Africa its first ever Olympic medal in canoeing; their previous best results had been seventh, earned by Ruth Nortje in the K-1 500 in 2000 and the women’s K-4 500 team in 2008. Idem-Guerrini finished fifth in her eighth and final Olympics, certainly not the result she had hoped for, but her longevity was an unparalleled accomplishment overall.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1133Danuta KozákHUN1:52.828 (1 h2)1:50.469 (1 h2)1:51.456 (1 h1)Gold
2245Inna Osypenko-RadomskaUKR1:52.268 (4 h3)1:51.515 (2 h1)1:52.685 (2 h1)Silver
3192Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:53.051 (2 h2)1:51.286 (1 h1)1:52.923 (3 h1)Bronze
4240Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:51.212 (1 h3)1:51.945 (3 h2)1:53.197 (4 h1)
5143Josefa IdemITA1:55.619 (3 h2)1:52.232 (1 h3)1:53.223 (5 h1)
6101Rachel CawthornGBR1:53.491 (1 h4)1:52.542 (2 h3)1:53.345 (6 h1)
778Henriette Engel HansenDEN1:52.650 (2 h1)1:51.929 (2 h2)1:54.110 (7 h1)
890Anne RikalaFIN1:52.641 (1 h1)1:51.852 (3 h1)1:54.333 (8 h1)
9123Katrin Wagner-AugustinGER1:53.438 (3 h1)1:53.241 (4 h3)1:52.402 (1 h2)
10169Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:52.069 (3 h3)1:52.193 (4 h1)1:53.356 (2 h2)
11177Teresa PortelaPOR1:51.887 (2 h3)1:53.064 (3 h3)1:53.597 (3 h2)
12214Špela Ponomarenko JanićSLO2:01.520 (5 h4)1:53.341 (5 h3)1:53.718 (4 h2)
13153Nataliya SergeyevaKAZ1:54.445 (3 h4)1:53.888 (4 h2)1:54.707 (5 h2)
1446Émilie FournelCAN1:58.740 (5 h2)1:54.120 (6 h1)1:56.058 (6 h2)
15165Teneale HattonNZL1:56.741 (6 h1)1:54.504 (5 h2)1:56.103 (7 h2)
1615Alana NichollsAUS1:53.823 (2 h4)1:52.224 (5 h1)1:59.033 (8 h2)
17247Carrie JohnsonUSA1:53.983 (4 h1)1:54.628 (6 h3)
18160Mira Verås LarsenNOR1:55.923 (5 h3)1:57.354 (6 h2)
19205Yuliana SalakhovaRUS1:56.621 (4 h2)1:57.761 (7 h3)
2065Darisleydis AmadorCUB1:56.038 (5 h1)1:58.762 (7 h1)
21248Yuliya BorzovaUZB2:03.893 (6 h3)2:00.584 (8 h3)
22213Geraldine LeeSGP2:01.037 (4 h4)2:01.516 (7 h2)
23241Afef Ben IsmailTUN2:07.705 (6 h4)2:15.362 (8 h1)
2438Marharyta TsishkevichBLR2:01.216 (6 h2)– (AC h2)
25139Arezoo HakimiIRI1:58.598 (7 h1)

Round One (7 August 2012 — 10:07)

Top six in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (10:07)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Anne RikalaFIN1:52.64153.86 (1)
58.780 (3)
Q
2Henriette Engel HansenDEN1:52.65054.60 (2)
58.050 (1)
Q
3Katrin Wagner-AugustinGER1:53.43855.04 (4)
58.390 (2)
Q
4Carrie JohnsonUSA1:53.98354.81 (3)
59.170 (4)
Q
5Darisleydis AmadorCUB1:56.03856.15 (5)
59.880 (5)
Q
6Teneale HattonNZL1:56.74156.24 (6)
1:00.500 (6)
Q
7Arezoo HakimiIRI1:58.59856.48 (7)
1:02.110 (7)

Heat Two (10:14)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Danuta KozákHUN1:52.82855.54 (2)
57.280 (1)
Q
2Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:53.05155.45 (1)
57.600 (2)
Q
3Josefa IdemITA1:55.61956.19 (4)
59.420 (3)
Q
4Yuliana SalakhovaRUS1:56.62156.85 (5)
59.770 (4)
Q
5Émilie FournelCAN1:58.74056.10 (3)
1:02.640 (5)
Q
6Marharyta TsishkevichBLR2:01.21657.42 (6)
1:03.790 (6)
Q

Heat Three (10:21)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:51.21254.18 (2)
57.030 (2)
Q
2Teresa PortelaPOR1:51.88754.65 (3)
57.230 (3)
Q
3Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:52.06955.06 (4)
57.000 (1)
Q
4Inna Osypenko-RadomskaUKR1:52.26853.85 (1)
58.410 (4)
Q
5Mira Verås LarsenNOR1:55.92356.76 (5)
59.160 (5)
Q
6Yuliya BorzovaUZB2:03.89359.11 (6)
1:04.780 (6)
Q

Heat Four (10:28)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Rachel CawthornGBR1:53.49154.89 (2)
58.600 (2)
Q
2Alana NichollsAUS1:53.82354.63 (1)
59.190 (3)
Q
3Nataliya SergeyevaKAZ1:54.44556.38 (3)
58.060 (1)
Q
4Geraldine LeeSGP2:01.03758.51 (5)
1:02.520 (4)
Q
5Špela Ponomarenko JanićSLO2:01.52058.31 (4)
1:03.210 (5)
Q
6Afef Ben IsmailTUN2:07.7051:02.51 (6)
1:05.190 (6)
Q

Semi-Finals (7 August 2012 — 11:30)

Top two in each heat and two fastest number threes advanced to final, places 3-5 and fastest number 6 advanced to final B.

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:51.28653.29 (2)
57.990 (1)
Q
2Inna Osypenko-RadomskaUKR1:51.51552.96 (1)
58.550 (5)
Q
3Anne RikalaFIN1:51.85253.50 (3)
58.350 (4)
Q
4Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:52.19354.09 (5)
58.100 (3)
QB
5Alana NichollsAUS1:52.22454.17 (6)
58.050 (2)
QB
6Émilie FournelCAN1:54.12053.86 (4)
1:00.260 (6)
QB
7Darisleydis AmadorCUB1:58.76254.51 (7)
1:04.250 (7)
8Afef Ben IsmailTUN2:15.3621:05.19 (8)
1:10.170 (8)

Heat Two (11:37)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Danuta KozákHUN1:50.46954.05 (1)
56.410 (1)
Q
2Henriette Engel HansenDEN1:51.92954.51 (2)
57.410 (3)
Q
3Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:51.94554.89 (3)
57.050 (2)
Q
4Nataliya SergeyevaKAZ1:53.88855.93 (5)
57.950 (4)
QB
5Teneale HattonNZL1:54.50455.72 (4)
58.780 (5)
QB
6Mira Verås LarsenNOR1:57.35458.12 (6)
59.230 (6)
7Geraldine LeeSGP2:01.51659.55 (7)
1:01.960 (7)
ACMarharyta TsishkevichBLR– (–)
– (–)
DQ

Heat Three (11:44)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Josefa IdemITA1:52.23255.62 (6)
56.610 (1)
Q
2Rachel CawthornGBR1:52.54255.53 (5)
57.010 (2)
Q
3Teresa PortelaPOR1:53.06455.30 (4)
57.760 (3)
QB
4Katrin Wagner-AugustinGER1:53.24154.81 (1)
58.430 (5)
QB
5Špela Ponomarenko JanićSLO1:53.34154.94 (2)
58.400 (4)
QB
6Carrie JohnsonUSA1:54.62855.19 (3)
59.430 (6)
7Yuliana SalakhovaRUS1:57.76156.98 (7)
1:00.780 (7)
8Yuliya BorzovaUZB2:00.58459.50 (8)
1:01.080 (8)

Final Round (9 August 2012 — 10:08)

Final A (10:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Danuta KozákHUN1:51.45654.23 (2)
57.220 (1)
2Inna Osypenko-RadomskaUKR1:52.68553.67 (1)
59.010 (7)
3Bridgitte HartleyRSA1:52.92355.14 (5)
57.780 (4)
4Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:53.19755.05 (4)
58.140 (5)
5Josefa IdemITA1:53.22355.76 (8)
57.460 (2)
6Rachel CawthornGBR1:53.34555.67 (7)
57.670 (3)
7Henriette Engel HansenDEN1:54.11055.28 (6)
58.830 (6)
8Anne RikalaFIN1:54.33354.60 (3)
59.730 (8)

Final B (10:08)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katrin Wagner-AugustinGER1:52.40253.90 (1)
58.500 (2)
2Aneta KoniecznaPOL1:53.35653.99 (2)
59.360 (5)
3Teresa PortelaPOR1:53.59754.55 (4)
59.040 (4)
4Špela Ponomarenko JanićSLO1:53.71856.72 (8)
56.990 (1)
5Nataliya SergeyevaKAZ1:54.70755.93 (7)
58.770 (3)
6Émilie FournelCAN1:56.05854.31 (3)
1:01.740 (7)
7Teneale HattonNZL1:56.10355.84 (6)
1:00.260 (6)
8Alana NichollsAUS1:59.03355.75 (5)
1:03.280 (8)