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Canoeing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000

Gold: ITA Josefa Idem-Guerrini
Silver: CAN Caroline Brunet
Bronze: AUS Katrin Borchert

Summary

Since being runner-up in the K-1 500 at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Canada’s Caroline Brunet had won the K-1 200 and 500 at every edition of the World Championships, and the K-1 1000 in 1997 and 1999, making her a strong favorite to take the title at the 2000 Games. Italy’s Josefa Idem-Guerrini, who competed in every Olympics since 1984, was runner-up to Brunet in every event in 1997 and 1999, and was first, second, and third in the K-1 1000, 200, and 500 respectively in 1998. These two were the primary contenders for the gold medal, but others such as Hungary’s Rita Kőbán, who was, among other titles, the defending Olympic champion, were in the running for the podium as well. Kőbán, like Idem-Guerrini, was a seasoned veteran, having won her first World Championship medal in 1985 and participated in her first Olympics three years later.

Brunet and Idem-Guerrini won their heats in the opening round, while Kőbán was second to the Italian. As expected, Brunet and Idem-Guerrini battled each other at the front of the pack for most of the final, but the latter pulled away in the final 100 metres and defeated the Canadian for her first time in the K-1 500, taking home her first Olympic title in five editions of the Games for her efforts. Australia’s Katrin Borchert, the 1989 and 1991 World Champion, narrowly missed stealing silver from Brunet and took bronze instead in front of her home crowd.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Josefa Idem-Guerrini 35 Italy ITA Gold
2 Caroline Brunet 31 Canada CAN Silver
3 Katrin Borchert 31 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Natasa Douchev-Janics 18 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
5 Elżbieta Urbańczyk 29 Poland POL
6 Rita Kőbán 35 Hungary HUN
7 Ruth Nortje 33 South Africa RSA
8 Uschi Profanter 32 Austria AUT
9 Anna Olsson 36 Sweden SWE
4 h1r2/3 Manuela Mucke 25 Germany GER
5 h1r2/3 Sanda Toma 30 Romania ROU
6 h1r2/3 Kathy Colin 26 United States USA
7 h1r2/3 Teresa Portela 18 Spain ESP
8 h1r2/3 Marcela Erbanová 22 Slovakia SVK
9 h1r2/3 Anna Hemmings 23 Great Britain GBR
8 h2r1/3 Sayuri Maruyama 24 Japan JPN
9 h1r1/3 Inna Osypenko-Radomska 17 Ukraine UKR