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Canoeing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012

Gold: FRA Emilie Fer
Silver: AUS Jess Fox
Bronze: ESP Maialen Chourraut

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Emilie Fer 29 France FRA Gold
2 Jess Fox 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 Maialen Chourraut 29 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Štěpánka Hilgertová 44 Czech Republic CZE
5 Jasmin Schornberg 26 Germany GER
6 Jana Dukátová 29 Slovakia SVK
7 Natalia Pacierpnik 23 Poland POL
8 Corinna Kuhnle 25 Austria AUT
9 Marta Kharitonova 27 Russia RUS
10 Hannah Craig 29 Ireland IRL
11 Li Jingjing 27 China CHN
12 Lizzie Neave 25 Great Britain GBR
13 Eva Terčelj 20 Slovenia SLO
14 Luuka Jones 23 New Zealand NZL
15 Clara Giai Pron 19 Italy ITA
16 Ana Sátila 16 Brazil BRA
17 Caroline Queen 20 United States USA
18 Ella Nicholas 21 Cook Islands COK
19 Moe Kaifuchi 26 Japan JPN
20 Elise Chabbey 19 Switzerland SUI
21 Jihane Samlal 28 Morocco MAR