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Womens' Single Scull (W1X)

2004 Athens Olympic Games

August 14-22, 2004
Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre

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Preview

With China's Zhang (5th last year) out of the Olympics following a heart attack, the run for the medals seems to be down to four scullers. They are last year's gold, silver and bronze medalists: Neykova (Bulgaria), Stomporoski (Rutschow) (Germany), and Khodotovich (Karsten) (Belarus). One difference in Khodotovich's performance this year is she is entering only the single, and not also the double as she did last year. Another medal threat comes from Knapova (Czech Republic) who placed 4th last year. A significant move, however, has been made by Russia, switching Fedotova from 3 consecutive medal winning appearances in the quad and double to have at this quartet of favorites.

Final A Pre-Race Analysis

The pre-race favorites for this event (GER, BLR, and BUL) continue to the the favorites based on their heats and semi-finals performances in Athens. Germany's Stomporoski appears to have the edge over Khodatovich of Belarus (Olympic Champion in 1996 and 2000) and Neykova (World Champion in 2003). In Athens races, Neykova has been giving up ground to both Stomporoski and Khodatovich in the first 500 meters, then closing powerfully against both of them in the last 500 meters, as she did against Khodatovich in the Sydney finals and in the Athens semi-finals, but coming up just short at the finish line. Even though Neykova defeated Khodatovich last year at Worlds, it needs to be remembered that Khodatovich doubled in the women's quadruple sculls and single last year, which may have affected her performance in the single sculls. Khodatovich is concentrating this year only on the single, as she did in 2000 in Sydney. Still, it looks like Stomporoski could take control of the race at the halfway point and hold off charges by both of the others, leaving the silver for Khodatovich and the bronze or silver to Neykova. Knapkova of the Czech Republic may finish in a relatively lonely 4th place, with distance between her and the three medalists, as well as between her and the 5th and 6th place finishers.

Previews and other commentary are © Copyright 2004. Kent Mitchell. All rights reserved.

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Biographies

 

BULGARIA  
Roumiana Neykova 1995 4x 1st
    1995 2x 10th
    1996 1x 8th
    1997 1x 4th
    1998 1x 4th
    1999 1x 3rd
    2000 1x 2nd
    2002 1x 1st
    2003 1x 1st
GERMANY Back ^
Katrin Stomporoski 1994 4x 1st
  (Rutschow) 1995 4x 1st
    1996 4x 1st
    1997 1x 5th
    1998 1x 2nd
    1999 1x 2nd
    2000 1x 3rd
    2001 1x 1st
    2002 1x 3rd
    2003 1x 2nd
CZECH REPUBLIC Back ^
Mirka Knapkova 2002 1x 10th
    2003 1x 4th
CHINA Back ^
Suli Mu      
BELARUS Back ^
Ekaterina Karsten 1991 2x 3rd
  (Khodotovich) 1992 4x 3rd
    1993 2x 7th
    1994 2x 5th
    1995 1x 7th
    1996 1x 1st
    1997 1x 1st
    1999 1x 1st
    2000 1x 1st
    2001 1x 3rd
    2002 1x 2nd
    2003 1x 3rd
    2003 4x 2nd
RUSSIA Back ^
Irina Fedotova 1994 4x 5th
    1995 4x 6th
    1996 4x 7th
    1997 4x 4th
    1998 1x 1st
    1999 1x 4th
    2000 4x 3rd
    2002 2x 2nd
    2003 2x 3rd
NEW ZEALAND Back ^
Sonia Waddell 1999 1x 5th
    2000 1x 6th
    2003 1x 7th
SPAIN Back ^
Nuria Dominguez Asensio 2001 1x 8th
    2002 1x 9th
    2003 1x 9th
SWITZERLAND Back ^
Caroline Luethi 2003 1x 9th
TAIPEI Back ^
Chien Ju Chiang      
KOREA Back ^
Yoon Hui Lee 2003 1x 19th
INDONESIA Back ^
Pere Koroba      
THAILAND Back ^
Phuttharaksa Nikree 1999 1x R
    2000 1x 18th
UZBEKESTAN Back ^
Elena Usarova      
TUNISIA Back ^
Ibtissem Trimech 2000 1x 19th
EGYPT Back ^
Doaa Moussa      
MEXICO Back ^
Martha Garcia 1986 1x 14th
    1991 1x 9th
CHILE Back ^
Soraya Jadue 2000 1x 13th
    2001 1x 14th
    2002 1x 14th
BRAZIL Back ^
Fabiana Beltrame      
PARAGUAY Back ^
RocioSoled Trappe      
ARGENTINA Back ^
Analia Marin      
NETHERLANDS Back ^
Femke Dekker 2000 2- 10th
    2002 4x 8th
    2003 2x 12th
SWEDEN Back ^
Frida Svensson      
UNITED STATES Back ^
Jennifer Devine 1994 4x 6th
    1995 2x 11th
    1996 2x 9th
    2001 1x 7th

 

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