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Canoeing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Regatta Course, Oberschleißheim, München
Date Started: September 5, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972

Gold: URS Yuliya Riabchynska
Silver: NED Mieke Jaapies
Bronze: HUN Anna Pfeffer

Summary

Lyudmila Pinayeva was the reigning two-time Olympic and three-time World Champion in the K-1 500, but she elected to compete in the K-2 500 at the 1972 Summer Olympics, which left Yuliya Riabchynska, a 1971 World Champion in the K-4 500, with the task of defending the Soviet Union’s title in this event. Also in contention were Mieke Jaapies of the Netherlands, who had been runner-up to Pinayeva at the last two World Championships, and Marcia Jones Smoke of the United States, the 1964 Olympic bronze medalist. Riabchynska and Jaapies were victorious in their heats in the opening round, while Jones Smoke set an Olympic record as she won her heat in the repêchage. Riabchynska and Jaapies again took their heats in the semi-finals, setting consecutive Olympic records 0.03 seconds apart in the process, while Jones Smoke came in second behind Hungary’s Anna Pfeffer, a 1968 Olympic runner-up in the K-2 500. In the final, Riabchynska set the fourth Olympic record of the event as she took gold, while Jaapies captured silver nearly a second later. Pfeffer was nearly two seconds behind the Dutch competitor, but managed to claim bronze, while Smoke Jones struggled and finished ninth and last.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuliya Riabchynska 25 Soviet Union URS Gold OB
2 Mieke Jaapies 29 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Anna Pfeffer 26 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Irene Pepinghege 31 West Germany FRG
5 Bettina Müller 20 East Germany GDR
6 Maria Nichiforov 21 Romania ROU
7 Kate Olsen 25 Denmark DEN
8 Ing-Marie Svensson 22 Sweden SWE
9 Marcia Jones Smoke 31 United States USA
4 h1r3/4 Marjorie Homer-Dixon 27 Canada CAN
4 h2r3/4 Stanisława Szydłowska 28 Poland POL
4 h3r3/4 Françoise Gaud 25 France FRA
4 h1r2/4 Natasha Petrova 21 Bulgaria BUL
4 h2r2/4 Jane Rouse 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h1r2/4 Ann McQuaid 21 Ireland IRL