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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 4, 1996

Gold: HUN Rita Kőbán
Silver: CAN Caroline Brunet
Bronze: ITA Josefa Idem-Guerrini
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There were many luminaries among the field in the women’s K-1 500 at the 1996 Summer Olympics, most notably Birgit Fischer of Germany, who had three Olympic gold medals, two of which (1980 and 1992) were in this event, and 22 World Championship titles, including seven in the K-1 500. Yet it was Hungary’s Rita Kőbán, the 1992 Olympic runner-up, who was the reigning World Champion. In the opening heats, however, Kőbán was defeated by Italy’s Josefa Idem, the 1990 World Champion, who set an Olympic record, while Fisher was third behind Austria’s Uschi Profanter and Canada’s Caroline Brunet, the latter of whom was the 1995 World runner-up in both the K-1 200 and 500. 1989 and 1991 World Champion Katrin Borchert, formerly of Germany but now competing for Australia, took the third heat. Idem bested both Brunet and Fischer in the semi-finals, while Profanter was third in another heat won by Kőbán in Olympic record time. Borchert, meanwhile, survived to the finals only by being the faster of the two fifth-place finishers. Brunet and Kőbán led the pack and battled the entire course, with the latter winning gold in Olympic record time by a margin of 0.236 seconds, leaving the Canadian with silver. Idem, meanwhile, came in for bronze, leaving Fischer without a medal in the K-1 500 for the first time in four Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rita Kőbán 31 Hungary HUN Gold OB
2 Caroline Brunet 27 Canada CAN Silver
3 Josefa Idem-Guerrini 31 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Birgit Fischer-Schmidt 34 Germany GER
5 Susanne Wiberg-Gunnarsson 32 Sweden SWE
6 Uschi Profanter 28 Austria AUT
7 Katrin Borchert 27 Australia AUS
8 Ingrid Haralamow-Raimann 29 Switzerland SUI
9 Aneta Pastuszka-Konieczna 18 Poland POL
5 h2r3/4 Ruth Nortje 29 South Africa RSA
6 h1r3/4 Belén Sánchez 23 Spain ESP
6 h2r3/4 Delphine Van De Venne 21 Belgium BEL
7 h1r3/4 Andrea Dallaway 25 Great Britain GBR
7 h2r3/4 Lior Carmi 20 Israel ISR
8 h1r3/4 Anne Michaut 23 France FRA
8 h2r3/4 Sayuri Maruyama 20 Japan JPN
9 h1r3/4 Gao Beibei 21 China CHN
9 h2r3/4 Traci Phillips 33 United States USA
5 h2r2/4 Irina Lyalina 28 Uzbekistan UZB
6 h1r2/4 Erika Duron 21 Mexico MEX
6 h2r2/4 Raluca Ioniţă 20 Romania ROU
7 h1r2/4 Pavlína Jobánková 22 Czech Republic CZE
8 h2r1/4 Heidi Lehrer 30 Antigua and Barbuda ANT