Four golds were dealt out Saturday morning in canoe-kayak, with Germany having a decidedly wonderful morning.
Germany managed a medal in each of the four events, with two golds, a silver and a bronze heading to their medal table.
It started with a razor-thin men’s kayak single 200m final, with Ronald Rauhe snaring a shared bronze with Spain’s Saul Craviotto. Great Britain’s Liam Heath won, and France’s Maxime Beaumont took silver.
Next was men’s canoe double 1000m, and the final saw Germany gain gold through Sebastian Brendel — one of the stars of these Olympics — and Jan Vandrey. Brazil nabbed silver, with Ukraine finishing third.
The Germans were second to Hungary in women’s kayak four 500m, with Belarus taking third, before winning gold in men’s kayak four 1000m. Slovakia finished with silver and Czech Republic bronze.
One of USA’s only canoe-kayak competitors hits the water on Wednesday, as Maggie Hogan competes in Heat 3 of the women’s kayak single 500 in Rio.
She’ll have to contend with favorite Lisa Carrington of New Zealand, as well as Hungary’s Danuta Kozak.
Also on Wednesday, taekwondo moves forward with plenty of bouts.
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Germany, New Zealand, Hungary, and Spain scooped up gold medals on a busy morning of canoe-kayak at the Olympics in Rio.
Germany got off to a great start, taking gold in men’s canoe single 1000m and silver in women’s kayak double 500m.
The gold came through Sebastian Brendel’s sterling 3:56.92, about a1.5 seconds better than Brazilian silver medalist Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos. Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi finished third.
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German duo Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze came within .05 from making it back-to-back event golds, but Hungary’s Gabriella Szabo and Danuta Kozak slid in front of them. Poland’s Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk join them on the podium.
An Olympic-best time of 39.864 led New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington to gold in women’s kayak single 200m in a fast race that had Poland’s Marta Walczykiewicz and Azerbaijan’s Inna Osipenko-Rodomska just behind.
The final race of the day saw Spain’s Marcus Walz beat Czech Republic kayaker Josef Dostal and Russia’s Roman Anoshkin for gold with a time of 3:31.447.