Canoeing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's K-1 500 metres

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Canoeing at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Sprint
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg
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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Yelizaveta Dementyeva (URS)  Therese Zenz (EUA)  Tove Søby (DEN)

Heats[edit]

The ten competitors first raced in three heats. The top four finishers in each heat moved directly to the final.

Heat 1
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
Heat 2
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

Final[edit]

Gold  Yelizaveta Dementyeva (URS) 2:18.9
Silver  Therese Zenz (EUA) 2:19.6
Bronze  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.

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