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Canoeing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 30, 1976

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: GDR East Germany

Summary

East Germany had won the women’s K-2 500 at the last three World Championships, twice with their entry to the 1976 Summer Olympics Bärbel Köster and Carola Zirzow. The defending Olympic Champion was the Soviet Union, who was also runner-up at the 1973 and 1975 World Championships and sent Nina Gopova and Galina Kreft, both seasoned international veterans. These two nations won their heats in both the opening round and the semi-finals, with Hungary’s Anna Pfeffer and Klára Rajnai taking the third heat in the latter portion of the competition. Pfeffer had multiple international medals in canoeing, including Olympic silver from the 1968 K-2 500 tournament and a World title in the same event from 1971, while Rajnai won a surprise bronze medal in the K-1 500 the day prior to this event’s final. These three nations were ahead of the rest of the pack in the medal round and were nearly neck and neck as they approached the finish line. The Soviet Union pulled just enough ahead to take gold by 0.54 seconds, while Hungary’s margin of victory for the silver medal was much smaller, a mere 0.12 seconds, over East Germany. Although Zirzow failed to earn gold in this event, she had already become an Olympic champion earlier in the day in the K-1 500.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hungary HUN Silver
3 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Romania ROU
5 West Germany FRG
6 Poland POL
7 Bulgaria BUL
8 Canada CAN
9 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1r3/4 United States USA
4 h2r3/4 France FRA
4 h3r3/4 Great Britain GBR
4 h1r2/4 Belgium BEL
4 h2r2/4 Australia AUS