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Canoeing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Lake Sagami, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Date Started: October 20, 1964
Date Finished: October 22, 1964

Gold: URS Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva
Silver: ROU Hilde Lauer
Bronze: USA Marcia Jones Smoke

Summary

The Soviet Union was the dominant power in the K-1 500, having won it at the last two Olympics and European Championships, as well as the most recent World Championships, and sent its reigning World silver medalist Lyudmila Khvedosyuk to the 1964 Summer Games. The only other medalists from major international tournaments who travelled to Tokyo were Daniela Walkowiak of Poland, the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist, Austria’s Hanneliese Spitz, who had come in third at the 1963 European and World Championships, and Else-Marie Ljungdahl of Sweden, the 1961 European bronze medalist. Khvedosyuk had the fastest time in the opening round, although Hilde Lauer of Romania, the other heat winner, was not far behind. The Soviet dominated the final, however, capturing gold nearly two and a half seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. The race for the remaining podium spots turned into a five-way battle between Ljungdahl, Spitz, Lauer, American [Marcia Jones], and German Elke Felten, all of whom crossed the finish line in the span of one second. A review of the photo finish revealed that Lauer had won the silver medal while Jones had taken bronze. Lauer also earned silver in the K-2 500 at the same Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva 28 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hilde Lauer 21 Romania ROU Silver
3 Marcia Jones Smoke 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Elke Felten 21 Germany GER
5 Else-Marie Lindmark-Ljungdahl 22 Sweden SWE
6 Hanneliese Spitz 22 Austria AUT
7 Daniela Walkowiak-Pilecka 29 Poland POL
8 Mária Róka 24 Hungary HUN
9 Birthe Lindskov Hansen 20 Denmark DEN
4 h1r2/3 Nikolina Ruseva 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1r2/3 Marianne Tucker 26 Great Britain GBR
6 h1r2/3 Zdenka Hradilová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h1r2/3 Margaret Buck 23 Australia AUS