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Rowing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: CZE Mirka Topinková Knapková
Silver: DEN Fie Udby Erichsen
Bronze: AUS Kim Crow-Brennan


The defending Olympic champion, [Rumyana Neykova] of Bulgaria, was not at the 2012 Games, leaving [Yekaterina Karsten] of Belarus as perhaps the most distinguished of the rowers in the single sculls. She already had four Olympic medals in the event, gold from 1996 and 2000, silver from 2004, and bronze from 2008, as well as six World Championship titles that spanned from 1997 through 2009 and a bronze medal from the quadruple sculls event at the 1992 Summer Olympics. She had lost the World Championship title in the last two years, first to [Frida Svensson] of Sweden in 2010, and then to [Miroslava Knapková] of the Czech Republic in 2011, both of whom were contenders for the gold medal in London. [Kim Crow] of Australia was a factor as well, as she elected to compete in both the single and double scull events at the 2012 Olympics, capturing silver in the latter race.

The three fastest times in the heats went to [Zhang Xiuyun] of China, an Olympic silver medalist in the double sculls from 1996, Knapková, and [Fie Udby Erichsen] of Denmark, a relative unknown. Crow picked up the fastest time in the quarterfinals, with Knapková just over a second on her heels and Erichsen again posting a surprise third-fastest time. By the semi-finals, however, it was Knapková who had earned the best time, followed by Erichsen and Crow, an order that remained through the final, where Knapková took the lead immediately and was untouchable for nearly the entire race; at the 1500m mark, she was over seven seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. Her Olympic rowing gold medal was the first for the Czech Republic since its 1993 independence. The race for silver came down to the wire, but Erichsen edged out Crow by approximately three-tenths of a second, giving Crow bronze, her second medal of the regatta.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mirka Topinková Knapková 31 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Fie Udby Erichsen 27 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Kim Crow-Brennan 26 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Emma Twigg 25 New Zealand NZL
5 Yekaterina Khodotovich-Karsten 40 Belarus BLR
6 Zhang Xiuyun 36 China CHN
7 Gevvie Stone 27 United States USA
8 Donata Vištartaitė 23 Lithuania LTU
9 Yuliya Levina 39 Russia RUS
10 Frida Svensson 30 Sweden SWE
11 Marie-Louise Dräger 31 Germany GER
12 Nataliya Lialchuk-Mustafeyeva 26 Azerbaijan AZE
13 Sanita Pušpure 30 Ireland IRL
14 Micheen Thornycroft 25 Zimbabwe ZIM
15 Yariulvis Cobas 21 Cuba CUB
16 Camila Vargas 25 El Salvador ESA
17 Phuttharaksa Nikree 38 Thailand THA
18 Kissya Costa 30 Brazil BRA
19 Kim Ye-Ji 17 South Korea KOR
20 Gabriela Mosqueira 22 Paraguay PAR
21 Lucía Palermo 26 Argentina ARG
22 Debora Oakley 31 Mexico MEX
23 Haruna Sakakibara 18 Japan JPN
24 Soulmaz Abbasi 28 Iran IRI
25 Svetlana Germanovich 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
26 Amina Rouba 25 Algeria ALG
27 Racha Soula 18 Tunisia TUN
28 Zin Latt Shwe 26 Myanmar MYA