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Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women

Date15 – 16 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio da Lagoa, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Rio de Janeiro
Participants30 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 1:38.101 / Katalin Kovács / Natasa Janics HUN / 28 August 2004

Germany’s Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze had pulled a surprising upset over Hungary in the Women’s K-2 500 at the 2012 Olympic Games and had continued their success by winning the 2013 World Championships. Since then, however, they had only managed bronze at the 2015 World Championships and silver at the 2013 European Champions (Germany had also won silver in 2016, but with a different crew). They were therefore prime targets for the new Hungarian duo of Gabriella Szabó and Danuta Kozák who, together, possessed 32 Olympic, World, and European Championship titles. Most recently, they had been the 2014 and 2015 World Champions and the 2014 and 2016 European Champions. While these two nations were the strong favorites for gold, Poland’s Karolina Naja and Beata Mikołajczyk were contenders for the final podium spot. In addition to being the bronze medalists from London, the duo had been bronze medalists at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, the 2013 and 2015 European Champions, and the 2014 European runners-up. Finally, Serbia had posted good results over the last few years and sent two decorated and experienced athletes, Nikolina Moldovan and Milica Starović, to Rio.

As expected, Germany and Hungary qualified automatically for the final in the preliminaries and Poland was victorious its semifinal heat. The other was won by Nadezhda Lepeshko and Marina Litvinchuk of Belarus, the 2016 European bronze medalists. The final delivered on its promise for excitement as Germany and Hungary battled for gold down to the line, with the latter coming out ahead by only 0.051 seconds. Poland, which had kept pace for much of the race, slowed near the end and settled for bronze.

PosNrBoatNOCR1SFFinal
1210/54Gabriella Szabó / Danuta KozákHUN1:41.092 (1 h1)1:43.687 (1 h2)Gold
292/209Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:42.184 (1 h2)1:43.738 (2 h2)Silver
3213/214Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:41.766 (2 h1)1:41.684 (1 h2)1:45.207 (3 h2)Bronze
4218/219Anastasiya Todorova / Inna HryshchunUKR1:43.967 (3 h1)1:43.363 (2 h1)1:45.868 (4 h2)
5247/248Yelena Anyushina / Kira StepanovaRUS1:45.906 (5 h1)1:42.439 (2 h2)1:46.319 (5 h2)
6200/6Nadzeya Liapeshka / Maryna LitvinchukBLR1:44.835 (4 h1)1:42.285 (1 h1)1:46.967 (6 h2)
7211/212Nataliya Sergeyeva / Irina PodoynikovaKAZ1:45.369 (3 h2)1:43.577 (3 h2)1:48.361 (7 h2)
8198/199Alyssa Bull / Alyce BurnettAUS1:46.933 (7 h1)1:44.290 (3 h1)1:51.915 (8 h2)
976/217Karin Johansson / Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:46.456 (7 h2)1:44.090 (4 h2)1:47.207 (1 h1)
10215/216Nikolina Moldovan / Milica StarovićSRB1:46.410 (5 h2)1:46.008 (6 h1)1:48.146 (2 h1)
11245/244Yvonne Schuring / Ana Roxana LehaciAUT1:46.429 (6 h2)1:44.462 (4 h1)1:48.834 (3 h1)
12206/205Amalie Thomsen / Ida VillumsenDEN1:46.246 (4 h2)1:47.476 (6 h2)1:48.846 (4 h1)
13201/202Genevieve Orton / KC FraserCAN1:46.148 (6 h1)1:45.351 (5 h2)1:49.389 (5 h1)
14203/204Ren Wenjun / Ma QingCHN1:44.491 (2 h2)1:44.780 (5 h1)1:51.582 (6 h1)
15207/208Lani Belcher / Angela HannahGBR1:53.948 (8 h1)1:49.285 (7 h2)1:54.193 (7 h1)

Round One (15 August 2016 — 09:24)

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

Heat One (09:24)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Gabriella Szabó / Danuta KozákHUN1:41.09249.32 (1)
51.772 (1)
Q
2Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:41.76649.36 (2)
52.406 (2)
q
3Anastasiya Todorova / Inna HryshchunUKR1:43.96750.33 (3)
53.637 (3)
q
4Nadzeya Liapeshka / Maryna LitvinchukBLR1:44.83550.57 (5)
54.265 (6)
q
5Yelena Anyushina / Kira StepanovaRUS1:45.90651.68 (6)
54.226 (5)
q
6Genevieve Orton / KC FraserCAN1:46.14852.06 (7)
54.088 (4)
q
7Alyssa Bull / Alyce BurnettAUS1:46.93350.47 (4)
56.463 (7)
q
8Lani Belcher / Angela HannahGBR1:53.94854.15 (8)
59.798 (8)
q

Heat Two (09:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:42.18448.48 (1)
53.704 (1)
Q
2Ren Wenjun / Ma QingCHN1:44.49150.76 (2)
53.731 (3)
q
3Nataliya Sergeyeva / Irina PodoynikovaKAZ1:45.36951.64 (6)
53.729 (2)
q
4Amalie Thomsen / Ida VillumsenDEN1:46.24651.13 (4)
55.116 (6)
q
5Nikolina Moldovan / Milica StarovićSRB1:46.41051.39 (5)
55.020 (5)
q
6Yvonne Schuring / Ana Roxana LehaciAUT1:46.42951.91 (7)
54.519 (4)
q
7Karin Johansson / Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:46.45651.10 (3)
55.356 (7)
q

Semi-Finals (15 August 2016 — 10:45)

Top three in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (10:45)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Nadzeya Liapeshka / Maryna LitvinchukBLR1:42.28549.75 (1)
52.535 (1)
Q
2Anastasiya Todorova / Inna HryshchunUKR1:43.36350.13 (2)
53.233 (2)
Q
3Alyssa Bull / Alyce BurnettAUS1:44.29050.63 (3)
53.660 (4)
Q
4Yvonne Schuring / Ana Roxana LehaciAUT1:44.46251.18 (6)
53.282 (3)
QB
5Ren Wenjun / Ma QingCHN1:44.78051.03 (4)
53.750 (5)
QB
6Nikolina Moldovan / Milica StarovićSRB1:46.00851.09 (5)
54.918 (6)
QB

Heat Two (10:52)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:41.68451.87 (1)
49.814 (2)
Q
2Yelena Anyushina / Kira StepanovaRUS1:42.43952.90 (3)
49.539 (1)
Q
3Nataliya Sergeyeva / Irina PodoynikovaKAZ1:43.57751.93 (2)
51.647 (5)
Q
4Karin Johansson / Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:44.09052.92 (4)
51.170 (4)
QB
5Genevieve Orton / KC FraserCAN1:45.35154.55 (5)
50.801 (3)
QB
6Amalie Thomsen / Ida VillumsenDEN1:47.47655.81 (6)
51.666 (6)
QB
7Lani Belcher / Angela HannahGBR1:49.28557.18 (7)
52.105 (7)
QB

Final Round (16 August 2016 — 09:15)

Final B (09:15)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Karin Johansson / Sofia PaldaniusSWE1:47.20751.99 (1)
55.217 (1)
2Nikolina Moldovan / Milica StarovićSRB1:48.14652.07 (2)
56.076 (3)
3Yvonne Schuring / Ana Roxana LehaciAUT1:48.83452.96 (4)
55.874 (2)
4Amalie Thomsen / Ida VillumsenDEN1:48.84652.62 (3)
56.226 (4)
5Genevieve Orton / KC FraserCAN1:49.38953.04 (5)
56.349 (5)
6Ren Wenjun / Ma QingCHN1:51.58254.16 (6)
57.422 (6)
7Lani Belcher / Angela HannahGBR1:54.19355.65 (7)
58.543 (7)

Final A (09:23)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime250 m
1Gabriella Szabó / Danuta KozákHUN1:43.68750.25 (1)
53.437 (2)
2Franziska Weber / Tina DietzeGER1:43.73850.53 (2)
53.208 (1)
3Karolina Naja / Beata MikołajczykPOL1:45.20750.58 (3)
54.627 (5)
4Anastasiya Todorova / Inna HryshchunUKR1:45.86852.14 (6)
53.728 (3)
5Yelena Anyushina / Kira StepanovaRUS1:46.31952.07 (5)
54.249 (4)
6Nadzeya Liapeshka / Maryna LitvinchukBLR1:46.96751.56 (4)
55.407 (7)
7Nataliya Sergeyeva / Irina PodoynikovaKAZ1:48.36153.55 (7)
54.811 (6)
8Alyssa Bull / Alyce BurnettAUS1:51.91554.02 (8)
57.895 (8)