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Canoeing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Canoe/Kayak Centre, Helleniko Olympic Complex, Hellinikon
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 2004

Gold: SVK Elena Kaliská
Silver: USA Rebecca Giddens
Bronze: GBR Helen Reeves

Summary

The Czech Republic’s Štěpánka Hilgertová was the reigning World and two-time Olympic champion, as well as the 2002 European champion, in the women’s K-1 slalom, and was a favorite at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She would certainly be challenged, however, by Slovakia’s Elena Kaliská, winner of three of the last four European championships and another favorite. Hilgertová had a poor qualifying round, finishing 11th, while Kaliská was second behind Germany’s Jennifer Bongardt, the 2003 World runner-up. Great Britain’s Helen Reeves came in third. Kaliská was at the top of the rankings after the first run of the final, while Peggy Dickens of France was second and Bongardt was third. Reeves, meanwhile, came in with a fifth-place score while Hilgertová was eighth. Kaliská was first again in the second run and secured the gold medal while 2002 World Champion Rebecca Giddens’ second-place was sufficient for silver, after having been fourth in first portion. Hilgertová was third, but her earlier placing meant that she would rise no higher than fifth. Thus bronze seemed to go Dickens, but she was dealt an extra penalty point at the conclusion of the event and lost the final podium spot to Reeves by a mere 0.03 points.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Elena Kaliská 32 Slovakia SVK Gold
2 Rebecca Giddens 26 United States USA Silver
3 Helen Reeves 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Peggy Dickens 28 France FRA
5 Štěpánka Hilgertová 36 Czech Republic CZE
6 Nagwa El Desouki 33 Switzerland SUI
7 Louise Natoli 25 Australia AUS
8 Maria Cristina Giai Pron 29 Italy ITA
9 Jennifer Bongardt 21 Germany GER
10 Gabriela Stacherová 24 Slovakia SVK
11 Eadaoin Ní Challarain 28 Ireland IRL
12 Violetta Oblinger-Peters 26 Austria AUT
13 Agnieszka Stanuch 24 Poland POL
14 Mandy Planert 29 Germany GER
15 Irena Pavelková 29 Czech Republic CZE
16 QR Margaret Langford 34 Canada CAN
17 QR Maria Ferekidi 22 Greece GRE
18 QR Li Jingjing 19 China CHN
19 QR Nada Mali 24 Slovenia SLO