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Canoeing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Ocoee Whitewater Center, Polk County, Tennessee
Date Started: July 27, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.

Gold: CZE Štěpánka Hilgertová
Silver: USA Dana Chladek
Bronze: FRA Myriam Jerusalmi-Fox

Summary

All three medalists from the previous edition’s women’s K-1 slalom, Elisabeth Micheler-Jones of Germany, Danielle Woodward of Australia, and Dana Chladek of the United States, returned to the Olympics in 1996 to compete once again. The Czech Republic’s Marcela Sadilová was the reigning European champion, while Myriam Fox of France and Lynn Simpson of Great Britain were the 1993 and 1995 World Champions respectively. None of these women, however, were in the top three after the first run: Fox was fourth, Micheler-Jones was fifth, and the next best was Sadilová, who was 18th. Occupying the first three positions were Štěpánka Hilgertová of the Czech Republic, Anne Boixel of France, and Cathy Hearn of the United States. Of the top five, only Fox improved her score in the second run, although Hilgertová’s remained good enough to earn the gold medal. Chladek, however, who had been last after the first round (save for Latvia’s Dzintra Blūma, who failed to complete the course), had an amazing run in the second portion of the tournament and managed to tie the Czech’s gold medal-winning mark, although her low first-round score left her with silver. Fox’s improvement, meanwhile, was good enough to take bronze over Italy’s Maria Cristina Giai Pron, who was third in the second round and fourth overall.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Štěpánka Hilgertová 28 Czech Republic CZE Gold 169.49
2 Dana Chladek 32 United States USA Silver 169.49
3 Myriam Jerusalmi-Fox 34 France FRA Bronze 171.00
4 Maria Cristina Giai Pron 21 Italy ITA 171.84
5 Gabriela Brosková 22 Slovakia SVK 172.57
6 Anne Boixel 31 France FRA 172.79
7 Cathy Hearn 38 United States USA 173.03
8 Margaret Langford 26 Canada CAN 173.59
9 Marcela Sadilová 29 Czech Republic CZE 174.47
10 Elisabeth Micheler-Jones 30 Germany GER 176.56
11 Kordula Striepecke 33 Germany GER 176.98
12 Danielle Woodward 31 Australia AUS 177.60
13 Sandra Friedli 21 Switzerland SUI 177.90
14 Mia Farrance 22 Australia AUS 180.30
15 Barbara Nadalin 23 Italy ITA 181.14
16 Irena Pavelková 21 Czech Republic CZE 181.89
17 Hiroko Kobayashi 26 Japan JPN 183.66
18 Rachel Fox-Crosbee 27 Great Britain GBR 190.24
19 Elena Kaliská 24 Slovakia SVK 190.45
20 María Eizmendi 24 Spain ESP 191.49
21 Bogusława Knapczyk 26 Poland POL 200.20
22 Florence Fernandes 27 Portugal POR 208.20
23 Lynn Simpson 25 Great Britain GBR 211.71
24 Cristina Martínez 23 Spain ESP 224.09
25 Yelena Kurzina 35 Belarus BLR 225.14
26 Nagwa El Desouki 25 Switzerland SUI 235.68
27 Sheryl Boyle 30 Canada CAN 242.89
28 Gilda Montenegro 29 Costa Rica CRC 265.93
29 Ana Ugrinovska 16 Macedonia MKD 346.93
30 Dzintra Blūma 38 Latvia LAT 372.81