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Canoeing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Albano Lake, Castel Gandolfo
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 29, 1960

Gold: URS Antonina Seredina
Silver: GER Therese Zenz
Bronze: POL Daniela Walkowiak-Pilecka

Summary

Yelizaveta Dementyeva was the 1956 Olympic, 1957 and 1959 European, and 1958 World Champion in the K-1 500 but, at the 1960 Summer Olympics, the Soviet Union was represented by Antonina Seredina, runner-up at the 1958 Worlds and the 1959 Europeans, and also Dementyeva’s partner when they won silver in the K-2 500 in 1958. Germany’s Therese Zenz, the 1956 Olympic and 1957 European runner-up and 1958 World bronze medalist, was also present, as was Hungary’s Klára Bánfalvi-Fried, the 1959 European bronze medalist. All of these women were contenders for the podium, but the fastest time in the opening round went to Seredina, who bested Zenz by just over a second to set an Olympic record. Bánfalvi-Fried, meanwhile, finished third in a heat won by Daniela Walkowiak of Poland. Seredina set another Olympic record in the semi-finals, defeating Bánfalvi-Fried in the process, while Walkowiak and Zenz won their other heats. The final came to an exciting conclusion as Seredina and Zenz battled to the line, with the former coming out on top by a mere 0.14 seconds. Walkowiak came in over two seconds after Zenz to claim bronze. The top two results were the same as in the K-2 500, in which Seredina and Zenz again finished 1-2 in the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Antonina Seredina 30 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Therese Zenz 27 Germany GER Silver
3 Daniela Walkowiak-Pilecka 25 Poland POL Bronze
4 Anni Werner-Hansen 21 Denmark DEN
5 Klára Bánfalvi-Fried 29 Hungary HUN
6 Else-Marie Lindmark-Ljungdahl 18 Sweden SWE
7 Alberta Zanardi 20 Italy ITA
8 Eva Kutová 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Eila Eskola-Kyröläinen 29 Finland FIN
4 h1r3/4 Marianne Tucker 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h2r3/4 Heidi Sager 20 Australia AUS
4 h3r3/4 Gabrielle Lutz 25 France FRA
4 h1r2/4 Gloria Perrier 31 United States USA