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Canoeing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: UKR Inna Osypenko-Radomska
Silver: ITA Josefa Idem-Guerrini
Bronze: GER Katrin Wagner-Augustin

Summary

Recent results for the women’s K-1 500 at major international tournaments had been inconsistent, leaving the field for the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics relatively open for a handful of strong competitors. Hungary’s Katalin Kovács was foremost among them, as she had 18 European and 23 World Championship titles to her name, six of which were from the K-1 500, including ones from the most recent edition of each tournament. She was also representing the nation that had won the event at the last Olympics and the 2006 European and World Championships. Not to be counted out, however, was Josefa Idem who was competing in her seventh Olympics and was, among many other things, the 2000 Olympic champion. More recently she had been the 2006 World runner-up and the 2008 European bronze medalist.

Kovács and Idem won their heats in the opening round, while third was taken by Germany’s Katrin Wagner-Augustin, the 2007 European champion and 2008 runner-up, as well as the 2007 World bronze medalist. The medal round was an incredibly close affair, with Inna Osypenko of Ukraine, Idem, Wagner-Augustin, and Kovács finishing in that order within half a second of each other. Osypenko’s victory was as much a surprise as Kovács missing the podium, as the Ukrainian’s only World Championship medals had been silver and bronze in the 2003 and 2001 K-4 1000 respectively, although she was also a 2004 Olympic K-4 500 bronze medalist. Wagner-Augustin, meanwhile, added bronze to the gold medal that she had won in the K-4 500 the previous day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Inna Osypenko-Radomska 25 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Josefa Idem-Guerrini 43 Italy ITA Silver
3 Katrin Wagner-Augustin 30 Germany GER Bronze
4 Katalin Kovács 32 Hungary HUN
5 Zhong Hongyan 29 China CHN
6 Špela Ponomarenko Janić 26 Slovenia SLO
7 Lucy Hardy 30 Great Britain GBR
8 Jennifer Hodson 28 South Africa RSA
9 Yuliana Salakhova 23 Russia RUS
4 h2 r2/3 Carrie Johnson 24 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Anne Rikala 31 Finland FIN
5 h2 r2/3 Sofia Paldanius 29 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/3 Erin Taylor 21 New Zealand NZL
6 h2 r2/3 Teresa Portela 20 Portugal POR
6 h2 r2/3 Teresa Portela 26 Spain ESP
7 h2 r2/3 Chantal Meek 29 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Karen Furneaux 31 Canada CAN
8 h1 r1/3 Estefanía Fontanini 20 Argentina ARG
8 h1 r1/3 Tatyana Fyodorovich 26 Belarus BLR
8 h1 r1/3 Lee Sun-Ja 30 South Korea KOR
8 h2 r2/3 Małgorzata Chojnacka 25 Poland POL
8 h2 r2/3 Henriette Engel Hansen 26 Denmark DEN
9 h1 r1/3 Khathia Bâ 17 Senegal SEN
9 h2 r2/3 Zulmarys Sánchez 21 Venezuela VEN
9 h2 r2/3 Shinobu Kitamoto 31 Japan JPN