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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Canoeing at the 1948 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: August 12, 1948
Date Finished: August 12, 1948

Gold: DEN Karen Hoff
Silver: NED Lida van der Anker-Doedens
Bronze: AUT Fritzi Schwingl


Denmark had led the call for women’s canoeing events to be placed on the Olympic program and it succeeded in getting one, the K-1 500, placed on the schedule for the 1948 Summer Games. It was little surprise, therefore, that this nation’s entrant, [Karen Hoff], was the favorite. One half of all three of the medaling nations in the K-2 500 from London’s 1948 World Championships took part in the Olympic event: Hoff represented the champions, [Růžena Košťálová] of Czechoslovakia was sent by the runners-up, and [Fritzi Schwingl] of Austria competed for the bronze medalists. Košťálová and Hoff won their heats, while Schwingl was bested by both Hoff and [Lida van der Anker-Doedens] of the Netherlands. In the final, Hoff won the gold medal without too much trouble, while van der Anker-Doedens edged out Schwingl for silver by a margin of only 0.1 seconds. The Austrian settled for bronze while Košťálová struggled and finished fifth, over five seconds behind fourth-place finisher [Klára Bánfalvi] of Hungary.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karen Hoff 27 Denmark DEN Gold OB
2 Lida van der Anker-Doedens 25 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Fritzi Schwingl 26 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Klára Bánfalvi-Fried 17 Hungary HUN
5 Růžena Košťálová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Sylvi Saimo 33 Finland FIN
7 Anna Van Marcke 24 Belgium BEL
8 Claire Vautrin France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Joyce Richards 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Ingrid Apelgren 25 Sweden SWE