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Canoeing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 24, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004

Gold: HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics
Silver: ITA Josefa Idem-Guerrini
Bronze: CAN Caroline Brunet


Italy’s [Josefa Idem] entered the 2004 Summer Olympics, her sixth, as the defending Olympic champion and the 2001 World Champion in the women’s K-1 500, but most of the other recent major international titles in the event had gone to [Katalin Kovács] of Hungary. Kovács, however, did not take part in this event in Athens and left the task of representing her nation to [Natasa Janics], the 2004 European champion. Canada’s [Caroline Brunet], runner-up at the last two Olympics and World Championships, was also a contender. Bruent defeated Idem in the opening heats and advanced directly to the final, as did Janics and Slovakia’s [Marcela Erbanová], the other heat winners. Idem won the first semi-final heat, while Germany’s [Katrin Wagner], the 2001 European bronze medalist, took the other. Janics dominated the medal round, winning gold almost two seconds ahead of Idem. The Italian, who earned silver, came in slightly less than a second ahead of Brunet, while everyone else was over two seconds behind Idem. Janics, meanwhile, would become a double Olympic champion just over an hour later, when she and Kovács won the K-2 500.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Natasa Douchev-Janics 22 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Josefa Idem-Guerrini 39 Italy ITA Silver
3 Caroline Brunet 35 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Katrin Wagner-Augustin 26 Germany GER
5 Marcela Erbanová 26 Slovakia SVK
6 Larisa Kosorukova-Peysakhovich 31 Israel ISR
7 Lucy Hardy 26 Great Britain GBR
8 Jenni Honkanen-Mikkonen 24 Finland FIN
9 Li Ting 19 China CHN
4 h1 r2/3 Petra Santy 21 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r2/3 Carrie Johnson 20 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Athina-Theodora Alexopoulou 21 Greece GRE
5 h2 r2/3 Nathalie Marie 28 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Olga Kostenko 19 Russia RUS
6 h2 r2/3 Yuliya Borzova 23 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h1 r2/3 Michala Strnadová 24 Czech Republic CZE
7 h2 r2/3 Miyuki Shirata 20 Japan JPN
8 h1 r2/3 Amanda Rankin 27 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Đòàn Thị Cách 20 Vietnam VIE
9 h1 r2/3 María Fernanda Lauro 25 Argentina ARG
AC h2 r2/3 Aneta Pastuszka-Konieczna 26 Poland POL
8 h2 r1/3 Sarce Aronggear 25 Indonesia INA
AC h1 r1/3 Nataliya Sergeyeva 28 Kazakhstan KAZ