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Rowing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

Rowing at the 1976 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976

Gold: GDR Christine Scheiblich
Silver: USA Joan Lind
Bronze: URS Yelena Antonova

Summary

Women’s rowing events were new to the Olympic Games, but they had been contested at the European Championships since 1954 and the World Championships since 1974. The Europeans went extinct after 1973, however, leaving the Worlds as the best predictor for Olympic success. By that metric, East Germany’s Christine Scheiblich was the strong favorite in Montreal: in 1976 she had the first two World Championship titles under her belt, and would have the next two by the end of her career. In the opening round she outperformed her nearest competitor, Joan Lind of the United States, by nearly five seconds, but the final was much more exciting. Scheiblich led for most of the way, but was seriously challenged by Lind who, after having been in fourth, made a drive to catch the East German and missed gold by only 0.65 seconds, being forced instead to accept silver. The Soviet Union’s [Yelena Antonova] engaged in a similarly close race for bronze with Bulgaria’s Rositsa Spasova, which she won with only 0.62 seconds to spare.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Christine Scheiblich 21 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Joan Lind 23 United States USA Silver
3 Yelena Antonova 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Rositsa Spasova 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 Ingrid Munneke-Dusseldorp 30 Netherlands NED
6 Mariann Ambrus 20 Hungary HUN
7 Annick Anthoine 30 France FRA
8 Christel Agrikola 23 West Germany FRG
9 Ewa Ambroziak 25 Poland POL
10 Tone Pahle 21 Norway NOR
11 Colette Pepin 24 Canada CAN