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Canoeing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Lake Sagami, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Date Started: October 20, 1964
Date Finished: October 22, 1964

Gold: URS Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva
Silver: ROU Hilde Lauer
Bronze: USA Marcia Jones Smoke


The Soviet Union was the dominant power in the K-1 500, having won it at the last two Olympics and European Championships, as well as the most recent World Championships, and sent its reigning World silver medalist [Lyudmila Khvedosyuk] to the 1964 Summer Games. The only other medalists from major international tournaments who travelled to Tokyo were [Daniela Walkowiak] of Poland, the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist, Austria’s [Hanneliese Spitz], who had come in third at the 1963 European and World Championships, and [Else-Marie Ljungdahl] of Sweden, the 1961 European bronze medalist. Khvedosyuk had the fastest time in the opening round, although [Hilde Lauer] of Romania, the other heat winner, was not far behind. The Soviet dominated the final, however, capturing gold nearly two and a half seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. The race for the remaining podium spots turned into a five-way battle between Ljungdahl, Spitz, Lauer, American [Marcia Jones], and German [Elke Felten], all of whom crossed the finish line in the span of one second. A review of the photo finish revealed that Lauer had won the silver medal while Jones had taken bronze. Lauer also earned silver in the K-2 500 at the same Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva 28 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hilde Lauer 21 Romania ROU Silver
3 Marcia Jones Smoke 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Elke Felten 21 Germany GER
5 Else-Marie Lindmark-Ljungdahl 22 Sweden SWE
6 Hanneliese Spitz 22 Austria AUT
7 Daniela Walkowiak-Pilecka 29 Poland POL
8 Mária Róka 24 Hungary HUN
9 Birthe Lindskov Hansen 20 Denmark DEN
4 h1 r2/3 Nikolina Ruseva 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r2/3 Marianne Tucker 26 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Zdenka Hradilová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h1 r2/3 Margaret Buck 23 Australia AUS