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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Canoeing at the 1948 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: August 12, 1948
Date Finished: August 12, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: DEN Karen Hoff
Silver: NED Lida van der Anker-Doedens
Bronze: AUT Fritzi Schwingl
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Denmark had led the call for women’s canoeing events to be placed on the Olympic program and it succeeded in getting one, the K-1 500, placed on the schedule for the 1948 Summer Games. It was little surprise, therefore, that this nation’s entrant, Karen Hoff, was the favorite. One half of all three of the medaling nations in the K-2 500 from London’s 1948 World Championships took part in the Olympic event: Hoff represented the champions, Růžena Košťálová of Czechoslovakia was sent by the runners-up, and Fritzi Schwingl of Austria competed for the bronze medalists. Košťálová and Hoff won their heats, while Schwingl was bested by both Hoff and Lida van der Anker-Doedens of the Netherlands. In the final, Hoff won the gold medal without too much trouble, while van der Anker-Doedens edged out Schwingl for silver by a margin of only 0.1 seconds. The Austrian settled for bronze while Košťálová struggled and finished fifth, over five seconds behind fourth-place finisher Klára Bánfalvi of Hungary.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karen Hoff 27 Denmark DEN Gold OB
2 Lida van der Anker-Doedens 25 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Fritzi Schwingl 26 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Klára Bánfalvi-Fried 17 Hungary HUN
5 Růžena Košťálová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Sylvi Saimo 33 Finland FIN
7 Anna Van Marcke 24 Belgium BEL
8 Catherine Vautrin France FRA
5 h1r1/2 Joyce Richards 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h2r1/2 Ingrid Apelgren 25 Sweden SWE