Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 15, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Defending Olympic Champion [Lisa Carrington] of Australia had not lost her World Championship title since first earning it in 2011, making her a strong favorite to defend her crown in Rio. Her biggest competition would be Polandâs [Marta Walczykiewicz], who had been runner-up to Carrington at the Worlds for the last four years and was also the 2013 European Champion. The 2012 Olympic runner-up was [Inna Osypenko-Radomska], who had competed for Ukraine in London but was a member of the Azerbaijani delegation in Rio. The reigning European Champion was [Lasma Liepa], formerly of Latvia but now earning the distinction of being Turkeyâs first Olympic canoeist. Also making its Olympic canoeing debut in this event was Palau, courtesy of [Marina Toribiong].
Carrington won her preliminary heat, doing so faster than Osypenko-Radomska, but slower than Walczykiewicz and Franceâs [Sarah Guyot], the 2015 European Champion. Walczykiewicz, Osypenko-Radomska, and Carrington went on to win their semifinals, while Guyot came in second behind the Azerbaijani. Liepa, meanwhile, was eliminated. In the final, Carrington had little trouble holding off Walczykiewicz for the gold medal and set an Olympic record of 39.864. Osypenko-Radomska slid in just over a tenth of a second later for bronze, successfully defending against a push from Sloveniaâs [Å pela Ponomarenko JaniÄ], the 2013 Mediterranean Champion.
|1||Lisa Carrington||27||New Zealand||NZL||Gold|
|4||Å pela Ponomarenko JaniÄ||34||Slovenia||SLO|
|13||Bridgitte Hartley||33||South Africa||RSA|
|15||Jess Walker||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|22||Henriette Engel Hansen||34||Denmark||DEN|
|23||Ana Paula Vergutz||27||Brazil||BRA|
|27||Maggie Hogan||37||United States||USA|