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Rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Lake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984

Gold: ROU Valeria Roşca-Răcilă
Silver: USA Carlie Geer
Bronze: BEL Ann Haesebrouck

Summary

Romania’s Sanda Toma had won the women’s single sculls event at the 1980 Summer Olympics, as well as the subsequent World Championships, but had then bowed out of international competition in favor of her compatriot Valeria Roşca-Răcilă, a bronze medalist in the double sculls at the 1980 Games. Răcilă had not fared as well as Toma at the World Championships, however, with a best finish of silver at the 1982 edition. Still, in the absence of the past two World Champions from the Soviet Union and East Germany, due to the Soviet-led boycott, the Romanian was probably the favorite to take the title at the 1984 Summer Olympics. The only other World Championship medalists in Los Angeles were Stephanie Foster of New Zealand, who had won bronze in 1982, and Beryl Mitchell of Great Britain, who had captured silver in 1981, although María Fernanda de la Fuente of Mexico, the runner-up at the 1983 Pan American Games, was also present.

The opening heats were won by Răcilă, Mitchell, and American Carlie Geer with the three fastest times, although Canadian Andrea Schreiner was only 0.02 seconds away from tying Mitchell. In the final, Răcilă maintained a comfortable lead through the finish line and won gold, while Geer completed the course a few seconds later as a surprise silver medalist. Even more surprising, however, was Ann Haesebrouck of Belgium, who snuck in ahead of Schreiner by 0.25 seconds to take bronze. Along with Pierre-Marie Deloof and Dirk Crois’ silver in the men’s double sculls, Haesebrouck’s third-place finish was one of her nation’s first two Olympic rowing medals since Michel Knuysen and Bob Baetens took silver in the coxless pairs in 1952.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valeria Roşca-Răcilă 27 Romania ROU Gold
2 Carlie Geer 26 United States USA Silver
3 Ann Haesebrouck 20 Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Andrea Schreiner 25 Canada CAN
5 Lise Justesen 22 Denmark DEN
6 Beryl Mitchell 34 Great Britain GBR
7 Stephanie Foster 25 New Zealand NZL
8 Jos Compaan 26 Netherlands NED
9 Astrid Unger 21 Austria AUT
10 Annelie Larsson 19 Sweden SWE
11 María Fernanda de la Fuente 29 Mexico MEX
12 Lisa Scheibert 20 Norway NOR
4 h1 r2/4 Jacqui Marshall 27 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/4 Ursula Brauch 21 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r2/4 Laurence Hourdel 18 France FRA
4 h2 r1/4 Antonella Corazza 19 Italy ITA