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Canoeing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Virgilio Uribe Olympic Course, Canal de Cuemanco, Xochimilco
Date Started: October 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 25, 1968

Gold: URS Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva
Silver: FRG Renate Breuer
Bronze: ROU Viorica Dumitru


[Lyudmila Pinayeva] of the Soviet Union was the reigning Olympic, World, and two-time European Champion and was a heavy favorite to win the gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics. In Mexico City she went mostly unchallenged, winning her opening round heat, and then the final, with relative ease. The only other recent major international medalists were [Renate Breuer] of West Germany (bronze at the 1965 European Championships) and [Marcia Jones Smoke] (bronze at the 1964 Summer Olympics). Jones Smoke came in fourth in Pinayeva’s heat, although she won the repêchage, while Breuer was second to Romania’s [Viorica Dumitru] in the other one. The tables were turned in the final, however, with Breuer finishing nearly half a second ahead of Dumitru, who in turn took bronze a good distance ahead of fourth-placed Smoke Jones.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lyudmila Khvedosyuk-Pinayeva 32 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Renate Breuer 28 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Viorica Dumitru 22 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Marcia Jones Smoke 27 United States USA
5 Iva Vávrová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Anita Nüßner 33 East Germany GDR
7 Ing-Marie Svensson 18 Sweden SWE
8 Mieke Jaapies 25 Netherlands NED
AC r3/3 Anna Pfeffer 23 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r2/3 Stanisława Szydłowska 24 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/3 Sylvia Jackson 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Marjorie Homer-Dixon 23 Canada CAN
7 h1 r2/3 Ann Margarit Henningsen 19 Mexico MEX