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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date7 – 8 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants34 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 1:38.101 / Katalin Kovács / Natasa Janics HUN / 28 August 2004

As holders of the last two Olympic titles, Hungarians Katalin Kovács and Natasa Douchev-Janics were the team to beat in the women’s K-2 500 at the 2012 Summer Olympics and each had an outstanding record in sprint canoeing. Douchev-Janics was also the winner of the K-1 500 at the 2004 Olympics and had a silver medal from the K-4 500 in 2008, but her record at the World Championships was even more impressive: 22 medals, 18 of which were gold, since 2002. She had taken 2011 off while pregnant, but returned in full form the following season, winning the K-1 and K-2 500m at the 2012 European Championships. Astonishingly, however, Douchev-Janics’ record paled in comparison to her partner’s: Kovács had six Olympics medals, two gold and four silver, and 40 medals, 31 of them gold, at the World Championships, spanning back to 1998. Her pace had not slowed in recent years either, as she had earned two gold medals at the most recent World Championships and three more at the 2011 European Championships. The German duo of Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze had shown some promise in recent years and were perhaps best poised to challenge their canoeing rivals, the Hungarians. They were runners-up in the K-2 500 at the most recent World Championships, losing to the Austrians, but had had a strong season in the lead up the Olympics, whereas the Austrian duo of Yvonne Schuring and Vicki Schwarz had waned somewhat.

A surprise came in the heats when the unknown Chinese team of Wu Yanan and Zhou Yu posted a time of over half a second faster than the Hungarians. The Chinese team were held back to a still-impressive third-fastest time in the semi-finals, while the Hungarians were outclassed once again, this time by the Germans. In the finals, Weber and Dietze held nothing back and led through the entire race, with the Hungarians unable to match them at any point in the course. The Germans thus broke Kovács and Douchev-Janics’ streak in this event, getting their revenge on Kovács who, with her squad, had earned the Olympic K-4 500 title the day before, which had been held by the Germans since 1996. Hungary was forced to settle for sliver while Poland, paddled by Karolina Naja and Beata Mikołajczyk, edged out China for the bronze by 0.136 seconds. It was Naja’s first Olympic medal and a second for Mikołajczyk, who had been runner up in the event in 2008 alongside Aneta Pastuszka-Konieczna.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1124/112Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:44.195 (2 h2)1:41.543 (1 h1)1:42.213 (1 h1)Gold
2132/127Katalin Kovács / Natasa Dusev-JanicsHUN1:43.984 (1 h3)1:41.613 (2 h1)1:43.278 (2 h1)Silver
3172/171Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:48.271 (5 h3)1:41.873 (3 h1)1:44.000 (3 h1)Bronze
458/62Wu Yanan / Zhou YuCHN1:43.448 (1 h2)1:41.863 (1 h2)1:44.136 (4 h1)
521/22Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:46.374 (4 h3)1:42.317 (2 h2)1:44.785 (5 h1)
6180/175Joana Vasconcelos / Beatriz GomesPOR1:44.660 (2 h3)1:43.305 (3 h2)1:44.924 (6 h1)
7161/166Lisa Carrington / Erin TaylorNZL1:44.870 (3 h3)1:42.764 (4 h1)1:46.290 (7 h1)
8219/220Nikolina Moldovan / Olivera MoldovanSRB1:44.335 (3 h2)1:43.586 (4 h2)1:48.941 (8 h1)
932/36Volha Khudzenka / Maryna PautaranBLR1:44.568 (4 h2)1:43.152 (5 h1)1:44.407 (1 h2)
10238/236Josefin Nordlöw / Karin JohanssonSWE1:44.437 (1 h1)1:44.025 (6 h1)1:45.367 (2 h2)
11102/107Abigail Edmonds / Louisa SawersGBR1:46.564 (5 h1)1:46.025 (7 h1)1:46.341 (3 h2)
1210/11Naomi Flood / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:46.554 (4 h1)1:45.372 (7 h2)1:47.650 (4 h2)
13230/231Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:45.073 (5 h2)1:43.653 (5 h2)1:47.683 (5 h2)
1469/67Yulitza Meneses / Dayexi GandarelaCUB1:46.587 (6 h1)1:51.428 (8 h2)1:50.124 (6 h2)
15197/208Nataliya Lobova / Vera SobetovaRUS1:45.710 (2 h1)1:44.660 (6 h2)1:52.277 (7 h2)
16190/185Iuliana Paleu / Irina LauricROU1:46.001 (3 h1)1:49.216 (8 h1)1:52.468 (8 h2)
17145/147Shinobu Kitamoto / Asumi OhmuraJPN1:47.323 (6 h2)

Round One (7 August 2012 — 10:35)

Top five in each heat and fastest number six advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (10:35)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Josefin Nordlöw / Karin JohanssonSWE1:44.43749.23 (1)
55.200 (5)
Q
2Nataliya Lobova / Vera SobetovaRUS1:45.71051.36 (3)
54.350 (2)
Q
3Iuliana Paleu / Irina LauricROU1:46.00150.31 (2)
55.690 (6)
Q
4Naomi Flood / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:46.55452.31 (6)
54.240 (1)
Q
5Abigail Edmonds / Louisa SawersGBR1:46.56451.76 (4)
54.800 (4)
Q
6Yulitza Meneses / Dayexi GandarelaCUB1:46.58752.04 (5)
54.540 (3)
q

Heat Two (10:42)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Wu Yanan / Zhou YuCHN1:43.44849.73 (1)
53.710 (2)
Q
2Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:44.19550.02 (2)
54.170 (4)
Q
3Nikolina Moldovan / Olivera MoldovanSRB1:44.33550.88 (5)
53.450 (1)
Q
4Volha Khudzenka / Maryna PautaranBLR1:44.56850.58 (3)
53.980 (3)
Q
5Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:45.07350.79 (4)
54.280 (5)
Q
6Shinobu Kitamoto / Asumi OhmuraJPN1:47.32351.81 (6)
55.510 (6)

Heat Three (10:49)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Katalin Kovács / Natasa Dusev-JanicsHUN1:43.98450.95 (2)
53.030 (1)
Q
2Joana Vasconcelos / Beatriz GomesPOR1:44.66050.86 (1)
53.800 (3)
Q
3Lisa Carrington / Erin TaylorNZL1:44.87051.46 (3)
53.410 (2)
Q
4Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:46.37451.55 (4)
54.820 (4)
Q
5Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:48.27151.85 (5)
56.420 (5)
Q

Semi-Finals (7 August 2012 — 11:51)

Top four in each heat advanced to final. Places 5-8 advanced to final B.

Heat One (11:51)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:41.54348.87 (1)
52.670 (4)
Q
2Katalin Kovács / Natasa Dusev-JanicsHUN1:41.61349.22 (2)
52.390 (2)
Q
3Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:41.87349.81 (4)
52.060 (1)
Q
4Lisa Carrington / Erin TaylorNZL1:42.76450.11 (5)
52.650 (3)
Q
5Volha Khudzenka / Maryna PautaranBLR1:43.15249.64 (3)
53.510 (5)
QB
6Josefin Nordlöw / Karin JohanssonSWE1:44.02550.20 (6)
53.820 (6)
QB
7Abigail Edmonds / Louisa SawersGBR1:46.02550.71 (7)
55.310 (7)
QB
8Iuliana Paleu / Irina LauricROU1:49.21651.20 (8)
58.010 (8)
QB

Heat Two (11:58)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Wu Yanan / Zhou YuCHN1:41.86349.80 (3)
52.060 (1)
Q
2Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:42.31749.59 (1)
52.720 (2)
Q
3Joana Vasconcelos / Beatriz GomesPOR1:43.30549.68 (2)
53.620 (5)
Q
4Nikolina Moldovan / Olivera MoldovanSRB1:43.58650.03 (5)
53.550 (4)
Q
5Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:43.65349.90 (4)
53.750 (6)
QB
6Nataliya Lobova / Vera SobetovaRUS1:44.66050.58 (6)
54.080 (7)
QB
7Naomi Flood / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:45.37252.20 (7)
53.170 (3)
QB
8Yulitza Meneses / Dayexi GandarelaCUB1:51.42853.00 (8)
58.420 (8)
QB

Final Round (8 August 2012 — 10:35)

Final A (10:35)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:42.21349.31 (2)
52.900 (1)
2Katalin Kovács / Natasa Dusev-JanicsHUN1:43.27849.22 (1)
54.050 (4)
3Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:44.00049.50 (3)
54.500 (5)
4Wu Yanan / Zhou YuCHN1:44.13650.94 (5)
53.190 (2)
5Yvonne Schuring / Vicki SchwarzAUT1:44.78551.15 (6)
53.630 (3)
6Joana Vasconcelos / Beatriz GomesPOR1:44.92450.33 (4)
54.590 (6)
7Lisa Carrington / Erin TaylorNZL1:46.29051.42 (7)
54.870 (7)
8Nikolina Moldovan / Olivera MoldovanSRB1:48.94151.97 (8)
56.970 (8)

Final B (10:42)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Volha Khudzenka / Maryna PautaranBLR1:44.40750.54 (1)
53.860 (1)
2Josefin Nordlöw / Karin JohanssonSWE1:45.36751.33 (2)
54.030 (3)
3Abigail Edmonds / Louisa SawersGBR1:46.34152.23 (4)
54.110 (4)
4Naomi Flood / Lyndsie FogartyAUS1:47.65053.68 (7)
53.970 (2)
5Ivana Kmeťová / Martina KohlováSVK1:47.68352.32 (5)
55.360 (5)
6Yulitza Meneses / Dayexi GandarelaCUB1:50.12453.77 (8)
56.350 (6)
7Nataliya Lobova / Vera SobetovaRUS1:52.27751.99 (3)
1:00.280 (8)
8Iuliana Paleu / Irina LauricROU1:52.46852.93 (6)
59.530 (7)