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Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: GDR Jutta Behrendt
Silver: USA Anne Marden
Bronze: BUL Magdalena Georgieva


East Germany had won the women’s single sculls at three of the last four World Championships, twice with their representative at the 1988 Summer Olympics, [Jutta Behrendt]. She was considered the favorite for the event, although the reigning World Champion, [Magdalena Georgieva] of Bulgaria, could not be ruled out for the gold medal. Romania, the defending Olympic champion, sent [Marioara Popescu-Ciobanu], a 1984 Olympic champion in the double sculls and 1987 World bronze medalist, who was also a threat in Seoul. The opening heats were won by [Anne Marden] of the United States, Behrendt, and Georgieva, the latter of whom posted the fastest time of the round. The Bulgarian repeated this feat in the semi-finals during a heat in which she faced Popescu-Ciobanu, while Behrendt won the second heat against Marden. In the final, however, Behrendt was clearly dominant and captured the gold medal by a margin of over three seconds ahead of the American. Marden, the runner-up, was even further ahead of Georgieva, who experienced difficulties during the final and was forced to settle for bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jutta Behrendt 27 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Anne Marden 30 United States USA Silver
3 Magdalena Georgieva 25 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Harriet van Ettekoven 27 Netherlands NED
5 Marioara Popescu-Ciobanu 25 Romania ROU
6 Inger Pors Olsen 22 Denmark DEN
7 Tonia Svaier 20 Greece GRE
8 Nataliya Kvasha 25 Soviet Union URS
9 Rita Defauw 25 Belgium BEL
10 Heather Hattin 27 Canada CAN
11 Annelie Larsson 24 Sweden SWE
12 Michaela Burešová-Loukotová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
13 Lydie Dubedat-Briero 26 France FRA