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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016

Gold: HUN Danuta Kozák
Silver: DEN Emma Jørgensen
Bronze: NZL Lisa Carrington


Defending Olympic Champion [Danuta Kozák] of Hungary was the favorite to defend her crown in 2016, having won the 2013 and 2014 World and 2014 and 2016 European Championships. As was traditional in the event, however, there were no guarantees and Kozák had several considerable contenders to deal with in Rio. New Zealand’s [Lisa Carrington], for example, had gradually advanced the podium in the Worlds from bronze in 2013 to silver in 2014 to gold in 2015 and had taken gold in the K-1 200 two days earlier. Germany’s [Franziska Weber], meanwhile, had been consistent at the European Championships, finishing runner-up in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Finally, [Ewelina Wojnarowska] was worth noting as the 2015 European Champion.

In the preliminaries, Carrington won the first heat, while Kozák took the second, in which Weber was fourth. China’s [Zhou Yu], the 2010 Asian Games Champion and 2015 World bronze medalist, was victorious in the third heat, while Wojnarowska finished behind [Inna Osypenko-Radomska], formerly of Ukraine now competing in Azerbaijan, in the fourth. Osypenko-Radomska had taken bronze in the K-1 200 two days earlier, but more importantly was the 2008 Olympic Champion and the 2012 runner-up. Wojnarowska was then eliminated in the semifinals in a difficult heat where Carrington came second behind [Marina Litvinchuk] of Belarus. Zhou, meanwhile, finished third in a heat won by Kozák, while Weber and Osypenko-Radomska were the qualifiers in the last semifinal. In the final, Kozák had little trouble defending her crown, but the next six competitors were separated by only 0.668 seconds. In the end, the surprise silver medal winner was Denmark’s [Emma Jørgensen], the 2016 European bronze medalist, who edged out third-place finisher Carrington by just 0.046 seconds. Carrington nonetheless became the first New Zealand woman to win multiple medals in any sport in a single edition of the Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Danuta Kozák 29 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Emma Jørgensen 20 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Lisa Carrington 27 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Marina Poltoran-Litvinchuk 28 Belarus BLR
5 Franziska Weber 27 Germany GER
6 Zhou Yu 27 China CHN
7 Dalma Ružičić-Benedek 34 Serbia SRB
8 Inna Osypenko-Radomska 33 Azerbaijan AZE
9 Yelena Anyushina 22 Russia RUS
10 Špela Ponomarenko Janić 34 Slovenia SLO
11 Teresa Portela 28 Portugal POR
12 Ewelina Wojnarowska 29 Poland POL
13 Martina Kohlová 31 Slovakia SVK
14 Karin Johansson 29 Sweden SWE
15 Rachel Cawthorn 27 Great Britain GBR
16 Bridgitte Hartley 33 South Africa RSA
17 Émilie Fournel 29 Canada CAN
18 Mariya Povkh 27 Ukraine UKR
19 Zoya Ananchenko 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
20 Naomi Flood 30 Australia AUS
21 Lasma Liepa 28 Turkey TUR
22 Maggie Hogan 37 United States USA
23 Ana Paula Vergutz 27 Brazil BRA
24 Anne Cairns 35 Samoa SAM
25 Yusmari Mengana 22 Cuba CUB
26 Afef Ben Ismail 22 Tunisia TUN
27 Marina Toribiong 22 Palau PLW