Canoeing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's K-1 500 metres
|Canoeing at the
1956 Summer Olympics
|C-1 1000 m||men|
|C-1 10000 m||men|
|C-2 1000 m||men|
|C-2 10000 m||men|
|K-1 500 m||women|
|K-1 1000 m||men|
|K-1 10000 m||men|
|K-2 1000 m||men|
|K-2 10000 m||men|
These are the results of the women's K-1 500 metres competition in canoeing at the 1956 Summer Olympics. The K-1 event is raced by single-person canoe sprint kayaks. Heat and finals took place on December 1.
|Yelizaveta Dementyeva (URS)||Therese Zenz (EUA)||Tove Søby (DEN)|
The ten competitors first raced in three heats. The top four finishers in each heat moved directly to the final.
|1.||Therese Zenz (EUA)||2:17.6||QF|
|2.||Yelizaveta Dementyeva (URS)||2:20.9||QF|
|3.||Edith Cochrane (AUS)||2:24.0||QF|
|4.||Patricia Moody (GBR)||2:26.7||QF|
|5.||Helga Hellebrand (AUT)||2:27.5|
|1.||Tove Søby (DEN)||2:23.7||QF|
|2.||Cecilia Berkes (HUN)||2:25.3||QF|
|3.||Daniela Walkowiak (POL)||2:25.8||QF|
|4.||Eva Marion (FRA)||2:29.4||QF|
|5.||Eila Eskola (FIN)||2:31.4|
|Yelizaveta Dementyeva (URS)||2:18.9|
|Therese Zenz (EUA)||2:19.6|
|Tove Søby (DEN)||2:22.3|
|4.||Cecilia Berkes (HUN)||2:23.5|
|5.||Edith Cochrane (AUS)||2:23.8|
|6.||Daniela Walkowiak (POL)||2:24.1|
|7.||Patricia Moody (GBR)||2:25.3|
|8.||Eva Marion (FRA)||2:27.9|
Dementyeva false-started once, then won the event by two meters after spurting to the lead after the start. Fifth-place finisher Cochrane never trained with or competed against women prior to the Olympics.
- 1956 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 409–10.
- Sports-reference.com women's 1956 K-1 500 m results.
- Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Canoeing: Women's Kayak Singles 500 Meters". In The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. pp. 490–1.