Kayaker becomes 1st woman to compete in 8 Olympics

Kayaker becomes 1st woman to compete in 8 Olympics

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Josefa Idem of Italy competes during the Women's Kayak Single (K1) 500m Sprint Semi Finals on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 7, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 6:44 AM

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Italian kayaker Josefa Idem became the first woman to compete in eight Olympic Games — and marked the occasion Tuesday by upstaging a host of younger rivals to qualify for the flagship 500-meter K-1 final.

The 47-year-old Idem, who first competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, when she competed for Germany, won the third semifinal to stay on course for a second Olympic gold — after Sydney 12 years ago.

But there was disappointment for another veteran champion, Katrin Wagner-Augustin of Germany, who placed fourth in the same semifinal to miss Thursday's final. Wagner-Augustin has won Olympic golds over 500 in the double and four, but never as an individual.

Danuta Kozak of Hungary was the quickest qualifier by nearly a second.

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