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Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: GDR Jutta Behrendt
Silver: USA Anne Marden
Bronze: BUL Magdalena Georgieva
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East Germany had won the women’s single sculls at three of the last four World Championships, twice with their representative at the 1988 Summer Olympics, Jutta Behrendt. She was considered the favorite for the event, although the reigning World Champion, Magdalena Georgieva of Bulgaria, could not be ruled out for the gold medal. Romania, the defending Olympic champion, sent Marioara Popescu-Ciobanu, a 1984 Olympic champion in the double sculls and 1987 World bronze medalist, who was also a threat in Seoul. The opening heats were won by Anne Marden of the United States, Behrendt, and Georgieva, the latter of whom posted the fastest time of the round. The Bulgarian repeated this feat in the semi-finals during a heat in which she faced Popescu-Ciobanu, while Behrendt won the second heat against Marden. In the final, however, Behrendt was clearly dominant and captured the gold medal by a margin of over three seconds ahead of the American. Marden, the runner-up, was even further ahead of Georgieva, who experienced difficulties during the final and was forced to settle for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jutta Behrendt 27 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Anne Marden 30 United States USA Silver
3 Magdalena Georgieva 25 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Harriet van Ettekoven 27 Netherlands NED
5 Marioara Popescu-Ciobanu 25 Romania ROU
6 Inger Pors Olsen 22 Denmark DEN
7 Tonia Svaier 20 Greece GRE
8 Nataliya Kvasha 25 Soviet Union URS
9 Rita Defauw 25 Belgium BEL
10 Heather Hattin 27 Canada CAN
11 Annelie Larsson 24 Sweden SWE
12 Michaela Burešová-Loukotová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
13 Lydie Dubedat-Briero 26 France FRA