Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012
The champion in the kayak singles from the past two Olympics, Slovakian [Elena Kaliská], did not reappear to defend her title in 2012, having lost her spot in the event to [Jana Dukatova], the 2006 World Champion, during the trials. Dukatova was ranked number one in the world and was a favorite going into the event. The reigning World Champion was [Corinna Kuhnle] of Austria, who first won the title in 2010. Other notable participants included Germany’s [Jasmin Schornberg], the 2009 World Champion, [Štěpánka Hilgertová] of the Czech Republic, who had competed in the event in every edition of the Games since 1992 (winning in 1996 and 2000), and Australian [Jessica Fox], daughter of former World Champions [Myriam] and [Richard Fox].
In this relatively more open field, each of the rounds had its share of unpredicted results. The fastest time in the heats came from Spain’s [Maialen Chourraut], a silver and bronze medalist at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011 respectively, with Britain’s [Lizzie Neave] and Italy’s [Clara Giai] coming in second and third. In the semifinals, however, both Neave and Giai were eliminated on penalties in a round won by Poland’s low-ranked [Natalia Pacierpnik]. In the final Fox, who had the best time in the semifinals before penalties, went third and had an outstanding run, but was bested by France’s [Émilie Fer], another surprise paddler whose only World Championship medal was gold in the K-1 Team Event in 2006. Third place was taken by Chourraut who, after near misses in the men’s C-1 and K-1 events, captured Spain’s first Olympic medal in canoe slalom. Hilgertová finished in fourth, 3.26 seconds off the podium, Dukatova in sixth, and Kuhnle in a distant last place in the final, having accrued 52 penalty points over the course.
|4||Štěpánka Hilgertová||44||Czech Republic||CZE|
|12||Lizzie Neave||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|14||Luuka Jones||23||New Zealand||NZL|
|15||Clara Giai Pron||19||Italy||ITA|
|17||Caroline Queen||20||United States||USA|
|18||Ella Nicholas||21||Cook Islands||COK|