Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
[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.
|1||Lisa Carrington||23||New Zealand||NZL||Gold|
|7||Jess Walker||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|10||Špela Ponomarenko Janić||30||Slovenia||SLO|
|20||Henriette Engel Hansen||30||Denmark||DEN|
|23||Carrie Johnson||28||United States||USA|
|28||Tiffany Kruger||25||South Africa||RSA|
|29||Afef Ben Ismail||18||Tunisia||TUN|