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Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004

Gold: GER Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski
Silver: BLR Yekaterina Khodotovich-Karsten
Bronze: BUL Rumyana Dzhadzharova-Neykova


All three medalists from the 2000 Olympic women’s single sculls tournament, champion [Yekaterina Karsten] of Belarus, runner-up [Rumyana Neykova] of Bulgaria, and bronze medalist [Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski] of Germany journeyed to the 2004 Summer Olympics to vie for gold once more. Between them, they had won 15 of the last 16 World Championship medals in the event: Karsten was the 1999 champion, the 2002 runner-up, and the 2001 and 2003 bronze medalist, Rutschow-Stomporowski was the 2001 champion, the 1999 and 2003 runner-up, and the 2002 bronze medalist, and Neykova was the 2002 and 2003 champion and the 1999 bronze medalist. The only exception to this dominance was Russia’s [Yuliya Levina], the 2001 runner-up, who was competing in the quadruple sculls in London, meaning that her nation was represented in the single sculls by [Irina Fedotova] instead. Karsten and Neykova had also won the 2001 and 2002 Princess Royal Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta respectively, with Rutschow-Stomporowski as the runner-up both times.

These three favorites all won their heats in the opening round, but it was the Czech Republic’s [Mirka Knapková] who posted the fastest time with an Olympic record. In the semi-finals, Rutschow-Stomporowski had the fastest time, defeating Knapková in the process, while Karsten won the other heat against Neykova, albeit by a margin of only 0.15 seconds. The final, however, was more spread out, and Rutschow-Stomporowski, Karsten, and Neykova finished with a little breathing room in that order, leaving the 2004 podium different from the 2000 one only in order. Knapková came in just over two seconds after Neykova, although over 6½ seconds ahead of New Zealand’s [Sonia Waddell], the next finalist. It was perhaps a disappointment for the Czech sculler, but it would turn out to be an ephemeral one, as she would go on to win the World Championships in 2011 and an Olympic title in 2012.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski 29 Germany GER Gold OB
2 Yekaterina Khodotovich-Karsten 32 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Rumyana Dzhadzharova-Neykova 31 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Mirka Topinková Knapková 23 Czech Republic CZE
5 Sonia Waddell 31 New Zealand NZL
6 Nuria Domínguez 30 Spain ESP
7 Irina Fedotova 29 Russia RUS
8 Frida Svensson 22 Sweden SWE
9 Jennifer Devine 35 United States USA
10 Femke Dekker 25 Netherlands NED
11 Soraya Jadué 29 Chile CHI
12 Martha García 39 Mexico MEX
13 Mu Suli 21 China CHN
14 Fabiana Beltrame 22 Brazil BRA
15 Carolina Lüthi 32 Switzerland SUI
16 Pere Koroba 23 Indonesia INA
17 Chiang Chien-Ju 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
18 Analía Marín 21 Argentina ARG
19 Ibtissem Trimèch 22 Tunisia TUN
20 Lee Yun-Hui 17 South Korea KOR
21 Rocio Rivarola 17 Paraguay PAR
22 Phuttharaksa Nikree 30 Thailand THA
23 Yelena Usarova 22 Uzbekistan UZB
24 Doaa Moussa 22 Egypt EGY