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Canoeing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 200 metres

Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Games:

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: NZL Lisa Carrington
Silver: UKR Inna Osypenko-Radomska
Bronze: HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics

Summary

Lisa Carrington of New Zealand competed as a favorite in the women’s K-1 200, the third of four new 200 metre canoe sprint events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2011 she had become the first New Zealand woman to win a World Championship in canoeing with her victory in this event, but she would certainly have her share of challengers in London. Hungary’s Natasa Douchev-Janics, for example, had eighteen World Championship wins, three of which were the K-1 200 titles that came before Carrington’s. Furthermore, Douchev-Janics had taken the 2011 season off for pregnancy and certainly would have challenged Carrington for the crown had she been present, for she returned to the sport with a victory in the event at the 2012 European Championships. Ukrainian Inna Osypenko-Radomska, an Olympic and World Champion in the K-1 500, was also competing in the inaugural K-1 200 and was certain to be a threat, having been runner-up in the event at the 2010 World Championships. With Maria Teresa Portela of Spain, the 2002 and 2005 World Champion, and Nataliya Lobova of Russia, the 2011 European Champion, thrown into the mix, there were many paddlers in the race with the skill to capture a podium spot.

Douchev-Janics and Carrington met up in the qualification heats, with the former edging out the New Zealander by just under two-tenths of a second to claim the fastest time of the round. Carrington had her revenge in the semifinals, setting a new quickest time in a round where all of the medal prospects survived to compete for gold. In the final it was Carrington who came out of the start fastest, leading the pack by a thin margin throughout the race and finishing a comfortable distance ahead of them to capture Olympic gold. Osypenko, meanwhile, edged out Douchev-Janics by less than eight-hundredths of a second to claim silver, forcing the Hungarian to settle for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lisa Carrington 23 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Inna Osypenko-Radomska 29 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Natasa Douchev-Janics 30 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Teresa Portela 30 Spain ESP
5 Marta Walczykiewicz 24 Poland POL
6 Nataliya Lobova 25 Russia RUS
7 Jess Walker 22 Great Britain GBR
8 Teresa Portela 24 Portugal POR
9 Jenni Honkanen-Mikkonen 32 Finland FIN
10 Špela Ponomarenko Janić 30 Slovenia SLO
11 Nikolina Moldovan 22 Serbia SRB
12 Darisleydis Amador 24 Cuba CUB
13 Shinobu Kitamoto 35 Japan JPN
14 Ivana Kmeťová 27 Slovakia SVK
15 Silke Hörmann 26 Germany GER
16 Alana Nicholls 26 Australia AUS
17 Zhou Yu 23 China CHN
18 Nataliya Sergeyeva 36 Kazakhstan KAZ
19 Sofia Paldanius 33 Sweden SWE
20 Henriette Engel Hansen 30 Denmark DEN
21 Émilie Fournel 25 Canada CAN
22 Margarita Tishkevich 20 Belarus BLR
23 Carrie Johnson 28 United States USA
24 Yuliya Borzova 31 Uzbekistan UZB
25 Norma Murabito 24 Italy ITA
26 Arezoo Hakimi 17 Iran IRI
27 Geraldine Lee 25 Singapore SIN
28 Tiffany Kruger 25 South Africa RSA
29 Afef Ben Ismail 18 Tunisia TUN