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Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000

Gold: CZE Å těpánka Hilgertová
Silver: FRA Brigitte Guibal
Bronze: FRA Anne-Lise Bardet


The format of the K-1 slalom had changed since the previous Olympics, as now the scores of both rounds, rather than just the best one, counted and there was a qualifying round prior to the final. The defending Olympic champion, the Czech Republic’s [Štěpánka Hilgertová], returned to the Games in 2000 as the reigning European and World Champion, as well as runner-up in those events in 1998 and 1997 respectively, and was a strong favorite to defend her title. Slovakia’s [Elena Kaliská] and France’s [Brigitte Guibal] were the 1998 and 1997 European and World Champions respectively, while Australia’s [Danielle Woodward] was the 1992 Olympic runner-up.

Kaliská, Hilgertová, and the latter’s compatriot [Irena Pavelková], the 2000 European bronze medalist, finished in the top three in the qualifying round, with Guibal in fourth and Woodward in 14th. Guibal and Hilgertová were in the top two positions after the first run of the final, with France’s [Anne-Lise Bardet] in third. Kaliská, meanwhile, was in fifth, while Pavelková and Woodward were in eighth and tenth respectively. Hilgertová had an excellent second run that allowed her to come out on top of both the round and the final rankings, winning the gold medal and leaving Guibal, who was third in the second portion of the competition, with silver. Pavelková’s second-place finish in the second round, meanwhile, was only good enough to bring her to fifth place, and thus Bardet, fourth in the second run, took bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Štěpánka Hilgertová 32 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Brigitte Guibal 29 France FRA Silver
3 Anne-Lise Bardet 30 France FRA Bronze
4 Elena Kaliská 28 Slovakia SVK
5 Irena Pavelková 26 Czech Republic CZE
6 Mandy Planert 25 Germany GER
7 Rebecca Giddens 22 United States USA
8 Danielle Woodward 35 Australia AUS
9 Sandra Friedli 25 Switzerland SUI
10 Susanne Hirt 27 Germany GER
11 Gabriela Stacherová 20 Slovakia SVK
12 Laura Blakeman 21 Great Britain GBR
13 Margaret Langford 30 Canada CAN
14 María Eizmendi 28 Spain ESP
15 Violetta Oblinger-Peters 22 Austria AUT
16 Maria Cristina Giai Pron 26 Italy ITA
17 Nada Mali 20 Slovenia SLO
18 Eadaoin Ní Challarain 24 Ireland IRL
19 Beata Grzesik 21 Poland POL
20 Florence Fernandes 31 Portugal POR