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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

Canoeing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Whitewater Stadium, Deodoro Olympic Park, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016

Gold: ESP Maialen Chourraut
Silver: NZL Luuka Jones
Bronze: AUS Jess Fox


France’s [Emilie Fer] had been the surprise winner of the Women’s K-1 Slalom at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and had struck gold again at the 2013 World Championships, but she did not make an appearance in Rio to defend her title. This left the field relatively open in 2016, with [Kateřina Kudějová] of the Czech Republic as the reigning World Champion and European bronze medalist, and Germany’s [Melanie Pfeifer] having captured the European title a few months earlier, adding to her silver medals from 2012 and 2014 and her World bronze medals from 2014 and 2015. Not to be counted out was Australia’s [Jessica Fox], who had been more successful in the non-Olympic Women’s C-1 Slalom, but nonetheless was the 2012 Olympic runner-up and the 2014 World Champion in the K-1.

The preliminary heats were won by Italy’s [Stefanie Horn], the 2013 European runner-up, with Fox in a close second and [Fiona Pennie] of Great Britain, the 2013 European champion and 2006 and 2014 World runner-up, in third. Austria’s [Corinna Kuhnle], the 2010 and 2011 World Champion and 2010 European runner-up, captured the semifinals, with Pennie in second and [Maialen Chourraut] of Spain in third. Chourraut was the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2015 European Champion, the 2009 World runner-up, and the 2011 World bronze medalist, but had missed a gate on her first run in the preliminaries and finished 11th in her second attempt. In the final, however, she posted a time fast enough to have earned gold regardless of the penalties of other players. Fox, Kuhnle, and Pennie posted the next best times, but penalties left the Australian with bronze and the latter two off the podium. Silver went to New Zealand’s [Luuka Jones], a three-time Olympian who had never won a medal at a major international competition.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maialen Chourraut 33 Spain ESP Gold
2 Luuka Jones 27 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 Jess Fox 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Jana Dukátová 33 Slovakia SVK
5 Corinna Kuhnle 29 Austria AUT
6 Fiona Pennie 33 Great Britain GBR
7 Melanie Pfeifer 29 Germany GER
8 Stefanie Horn 25 Italy ITA
9 Urša Kragelj 28 Slovenia SLO
10 Kateřina Kudějová 26 Czech Republic CZE
11 Natalia Pacierpnik 27 Poland POL
12 Viktoriya Us 23 Ukraine UKR
13 Li Lu 24 China CHN
14 Ashley Nee 27 United States USA
15 Marta Kharitonova 31 Russia RUS
16 Marie-Zélia Lafont 29 France FRA
17 Ana Sátila 20 Brazil BRA
18 Ella Nicholas 25 Cook Islands COK
19 Yekaterina Lukichova-Smirnova 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
20 Aki Yazawa 24 Japan JPN
21 Hind Jamili 17 Morocco MAR