Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's single sculls

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Women's single sculls
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rumyana Neykova  Bulgaria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Michelle Guerette  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ekaterina Karsten  Belarus
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Rowing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Women's single sculls competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held between August 9 and 16, at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

This rowing event is a single scull event, meaning that each boat is propelled by a single rower. The "scull" portion means that the rower uses two oars, one on each side of the boat; this contrasts with sweep rowing in which each rower has one oar and rows on only one side (not feasible for singles events!). The competition consists of multiple rounds. Finals were held to determine the placing of each boat; these finals were given letters with those nearer to the beginning of the alphabet meaning a better ranking. Semifinals were named based on which finals they fed, with each semifinal having two possible finals.

During the first round six heats were held. The top three boats in each heat advance to the quarterfinals, together with the 6 fastest of the remaining scullers, while all others are relegated to the E/F semifinals.

The quarterfinals were the second round for rowers still competing for medals. Placing in the quarterfinal heats determined which semifinal the boat would race in. The top three boats in each quarterfinal moved on to the A/B semifinals, with the bottom three boats going to the C/D semifinals.

Six semifinals were held, two each of A/B semifinals, C/D semifinals, and E/F semifinals. For each semifinal race, the top three boats moved on to the better of the two finals, while the bottom three boats went to the lesser of the two finals possible. For example, a second-place finish in an A/B semifinal would result in advancement to the A final.

The fourth and final round was the Finals. Each final determined a set of rankings. The A final determined the medals, along with the rest of the places through 6th. The B final gave rankings from 7th to 12th, the C from 13th to 18th, and so on. Thus, to win a medal rowers had to finish in the top four of their heat, top three of their quarterfinal, and top three of their A/B semifinal to reach the A final.

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Saturday, August 9, 2008 13:50-14:50 Heats
Monday, August 11, 2008 15:30-16:10 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 14:50-15:10 Semifinals C/D
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 15:30-15:50 Semifinals A/B
Friday, August 15, 2008 14:10-14:20 Final E
Friday, August 15, 2008 14:30-14:40 Final D
Friday, August 15, 2008 14:50-15:00 Final C
Friday, August 15, 2008 16:50-17:00 Final B
Saturday, August 16, 2008 15:30-15:40 Final A

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1-3->Q, 4..->Q or FE

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Zhang Xiuyun  China 7:38.16 Q
2 Julia Michalska  Poland 7:41.16 Q
3 Sophie Balmary  France 7:47.37 Q
4 Gabriela Best  Argentina 7:58.60 Q
5 Soraya Jadue  Chile 8:04.08 Q

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Emma Twigg  New Zealand 7:45.18 Q
2 Iva Obradović  Serbia 7:49.13 Q
3 Nuria Domínguez  Spain 7:58.03 Q
4 Fabiana Beltrame  Brazil 8:08.84 Q
5 Lee Ka Man  Hong Kong 8:23.02 Q

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Ekaterina Karsten  Belarus 7:40.03 Q
2 Michelle Guerette  United States 7:49.14 Q
3 Shin Yeong-Eun  South Korea 8:17.40 Q
4 Inga Dudchenko  Kazakhstan 8:28.24 Q

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Rumyana Neykova  Bulgaria 7:56.07 Q
2 Mayra González  Cuba 8:07.22 Q
3 Rika Geyser  South Africa 8:20.26 Q
4 Latt Shwe Zin  Myanmar 8:42.23 Q

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Gabriella Bascelli  Italy 7:43.67 Q
2 Pippa Savage  Australia 7:57.95 Q
3 Camila Vargas  El Salvador 8:32.06 Q
4 Homa Hosseini  Iran 9:02.12 FE

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Miroslava Knapková  Czech Republic 7:51.56 Q
2 Frida Svensson  Sweden 7:56.39 Q
3 Elana Hill  Zimbabwe 8:35.53 Q
4 Heba Ahmed  Egypt 8:46.96 FE

Quarterfinals[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1-3->SA/B, 4..->SC/D

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Michelle Guerette  United States 7:28.91 SA/B
2 Julia Michalska  Poland 7:31.90 SA/B
3 Gabriella Bascelli  Italy 7:36.68 SA/B
4 Nuria Domínguez  Spain 7:49.60 SC/D
5 Inga Dudchenko  Kazakhstan 8:15.88 SC/D
6 Elana Hill  Zimbabwe 8:20.84 SC/D

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Miroslava Knapková  Czech Republic 7:30.33 SA/B
2 Sophie Balmary  France 7:37.01 SA/B
3 Iva Obradović  Serbia 7:39.16 SA/B
4 Mayra González  Cuba 7:45.75 SC/D
5 Camila Vargas  El Salvador 8:11.79 SC/D
6 Latt Shwe Zin  Myanmar 8:17.76 SC/D

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Rumyana Neykova  Bulgaria 7:22.37 SA/B
2 Zhang Xiuyun  China 7:23.30 SA/B
3 Pippa Savage  Australia 7:34.03 SA/B
4 Soraya Jadue  Chile 7:51.52 SC/D
5 Fabiana Beltrame  Brazil 7:52.65 SC/D
6 Shin Yeong-Eun  South Korea 7:58.71 SC/D

Quarterfinal 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ekaterina Karsten  Belarus 7:25.74 SA/B
2 Frida Svensson  Sweden 7:29.29 SA/B
3 Emma Twigg  New Zealand 7:34.24 SA/B
4 Rika Geyser  South Africa 7:44.14 SC/D
5 Gabriela Best  Argentina 7:46.45 SC/D
6 Lee Ka Man  Hong Kong 8:04.68 SC/D

Semifinals C/D[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1-3->FC, 4-5->FD, 6..->FE

Semifinal C/D 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Mayra González  Cuba 8:02.10 FC
2 Nuria Domínguez  Spain 8:03.61 FC
3 Gabriela Best  Argentina 8:09.61 FC
4 Fabiana Beltrame  Brazil 8:13.01 FD
5 Shin Yeong-Eun  South Korea 8:23.62 FD
6 Elana Hill  Zimbabwe 8:34.27 FE

Semifinal C/D 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Rika Geyser  South Africa 7:59.67 FC
2 Soraya Jadue  Chile 8:13.67 FC
3 Inga Dudchenko  Kazakhstan 8:16.95 FC
4 Camila Vargas  El Salvador 8:22.35 FD
5 Latt Shwe Zin  Myanmar 8:24.23 FD
6 Lee Ka Man  Hong Kong 8:30.80 FE

Semifinals A/B[edit]

  • Qualification Rules: 1-3->FA, 4..->FB

Semifinal A/B 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Zhang Xiuyun  China 7:31.33 FA
2 Michelle Guerette  United States 7:35.69 FA
3 Miroslava Knapková  Czech Republic 7:38.14 FA
4 Gabriella Bascelli  Italy 7:42.10 FB
5 Pippa Savage  Australia 7:43.98 FB
6 Frida Svensson  Sweden 7:46.38 FB

Semifinal A/B 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ekaterina Karsten  Belarus 7:32.86 FA
2 Rumyana Neykova  Bulgaria 7:33.29 FA
3 Julia Michalska  Poland 7:38.04 FA
4 Emma Twigg  New Zealand 7:38.09 FB
5 Iva Obradović  Serbia 7:52.39 FB
6 Sophie Balmary  France 7:56.73 FB

Finals[edit]

Final E[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lee Ka Man  Hong Kong 7:56.07
2 Heba Ahmed  Egypt 8:07.10
3 Elana Hill  Zimbabwe 8:09.94
4 Homa Hosseini  Iran 8:18.20

Final D[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Fabiana Beltrame  Brazil 7:43.04
2 Shin Yeong-Eun  South Korea 7:48.31
3 Latt Shwe Zin  Myanmar 8:00.05
4 Camila Vargas  El Salvador 8:02.91

Final C[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Rika Geyser  South Africa 7:35.06
2 Nuria Domínguez  Spain 7:36.12
3 Mayra González  Cuba 7:42.68
4 Gabriela Best  Argentina 7:45.21
5 Soraya Jadue  Chile 7:48.35
6 Inga Dudchenko  Kazakhstan 8:16.09

Final B[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Frida Svensson  Sweden 7:48.19
2 Gabriella Bascelli  Italy 7:48.91
3 Emma Twigg  New Zealand 7:51.63
4 Pippa Savage  Australia 7:53.43
5 Iva Obradović  Serbia 7:53.83
6 Sophie Balmary  France 7:58.88

Final A[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Rumyana Neykova  Bulgaria 7:22.34
Silver medal icon.svg Michelle Guerette  United States 7:22.78
Bronze medal icon.svg Ekaterina Karsten  Belarus 7:23.98
4 Zhang Xiuyun  China 7:25.48
5 Miroslava Knapková  Czech Republic 7:35.52
6 Julia Michalska  Poland 7:43.44

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