New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington won a third gold medal, Nevin Harrison became USA’s first ever female canoe sprint gold medalist, Hungary’s Sandor Totka won the last ever Olympic men’s K1 200 gold and Australia snatched a surprise K2 gold medal on an action packed day of Games action in Tokyo.

Carrington’s win in the women’s K1 500 makes her the most successful New Zealand Olympic athlete of all time with six medals, five of which have been gold, and is also now just one of four athletes to win three golds at a single Games.

She has a chance to add a fourth gold in the women’s K4 500 on Saturday. No canoe sprint athlete has ever won four medals at a single Games. On Wednesday she beat Hungarian Tamara Csipes and Denmark’s Emma Jorgensen, the silver medalist from Rio in 2016.

Two-time K1 500 Olympic champion Danuta Kozak finished fourth.

The promised showdown between teenager Nevin Harrison and six-time world champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe in the debut C1 200 lived up to its billing, with the 19-year-old American landing the gold medal and re-writing the record books on the way.

Not only is Harrison the first women’s canoe Olympic champion, she is also USA’s first ever female canoe sprint gold medalist, the first American medalist since 1992, and the first female medalist since 1964.

Ukraine’s Liudmyla Luzan won the bronze.

Hungary’s Sandor Totka also wrote his name into the history books by winning the final Olympic men’s K1 200, edging out Italy’s Manfredi Rizza and defending Olympic champion Liam Heath.

It was Hungary and Italy’s first ever medals in the event, which joined the Olympic programme in London in 2012 but will not be raced in Paris in 2024.

The men’s K2 1000 was won by the young Australian duo of Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen, who pushed hard early before holding on to defeat Germany’s Max Hoff andvJacob Schopf.


It was Australia’s first ever K2 1000 gold, while the final medal in a glittering career for Germany’s Max Hoff. Josef Dostal and Radek Slouf won bronze, the first medals for the Czech Republic in the men’s K2 1000.

The canoe sprint Olympic programme will continue on Friday with heats and quarter finals in the men’s and women’s K4 500, and the women’s C2 500 and men’s C1 1000.

Pics by Bence Vekassy

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