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Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008

Gold: SVK Elena Kaliská
Silver: AUS Jacqui Lawrence
Bronze: AUT Violetta Oblinger-Peters


Two former Olympic women’s K-1 slalom champions, Štěpánka Hilgertová of the Czech Republic (1996 and 2000) and Elena Kaliská (2004) returned to the Games in 2008 to vie for glory once more. Kaliská had been the 2005 European and 2006 World Champion, as well as the 2007 World runner-up, while Hilgertová was the 2008 European champion, the 2005 European runner-up, and the 2007 European and World bronze medalist. Germany’s Jennifer Bongardt was the 2007 World Champion , the 2006 European runner-up, and the 2006 World bronze medalist, while Austria’s Violetta Oblinger-Peters was the 2007 European champion.

Kaliská had the highest score in the qualification round, while Hilgertová and Bongardt were third and fourth respectively behind China’s Li Jingjing. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, was sixth. The Beijing Olympics introduced a one-round semi-final for the remaining 15 participants, which eliminated Li and Bongardt. Kaliská won this round as well, with Hilgertová third behind France’s Emilie Fer, who was then relatively unknown, but who would go on to win the event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, sank even further to seventh. These rankings were unchanged after the first run of the final, and Kaliská won the second run by a large margin and successfully defended her Olympic title. Oblinger-Peters, meanwhile, finally improved her position to third, which, due to Fer and Hilgertová finishing seventh and ninth respectively, was sufficient to earn her a bronze medal. Sandwiched in the middle was Australia’s Jacqui Lawrence, who had been fourth after the first run, but was second in the final portion and collected enough points to capture the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Elena Kaliská 36 Slovakia SVK Gold 192,64
2 Jacqui Lawrence 26 Australia AUS Silver 206,94
3 Violetta Oblinger-Peters 30 Austria AUT Bronze 214,77
4 Yurika Takeshita 19 Japan JPN 219,30
5 Agnieszka Stanuch 28 Poland POL 221,08
6 Ariane Herde 28 Netherlands NED 231,99
7 Emilie Fer 25 France FRA 251,96
8 Heather Corrie 37 United States USA 270,88
9 Štěpánka Hilgertová 40 Czech Republic CZE 344,41
10 Maria Cristina Giai Pron 33 Italy ITA 355,78
11 r1/2 Maria Ferekidi 26 Greece GRE
12 r1/2 Yekaterina Lukicheva 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
13 r1/2 Li Jingjing 23 China CHN
14 r1/2 Poliana de Paula 18 Brazil BRA
15 r1/2 Jennifer Bongardt 25 Germany GER
16 r1/3 Maialen Chourraut 25 Spain ESP
17 r1/3 Fiona Pennie 25 Great Britain GBR
18 r1/3 Aleksandra Perova 26 Russia RUS
19 r1/3 Sarah Boudens 25 Canada CAN
20 r1/3 Montserrat García 18 Andorra AND
21 r1/3 Luuka Jones 19 New Zealand NZL