Sprint canoe/kayak medal events in Rio on Thursday, August 18

Women's K1, 500 meter:

Danuta Kozák from Hungary won the gold medal with a time of 1:52.49.  This is her second Olympic gold medal in this event, having won 4 years ago in London.  The silver went to Emma Jørgensen from Denmark with a time of 1:54.32.  Lisa Carrington became the first female from  New Zealand to win two medals at the Olympics with a time of 1:54.37, and took home the bronze.

Men's K2, 200 meter:

Spain’s paddlers, Saul Craviotto and Cristian Toro Carballo took home the gold with a time of 32.07.  Liam Heath and Jon Schofield from Great Britian won the silver wtih a time of 32.36.  In a virtual tie for the silver, the bronze medal went to Edvinas Ramanauskas and Aurimas Lankas from Lithuania with a time of 32.38.

Men's K2, 1000 meter:

Germany’s Marcus Gross and Max Rendschmidt paddled to gold with a time of 3:10.78  Marko Tomićević and Milenko Zorić from Serbia with a time of 3:10.96 won the silver medal.  Rounding out the podium was the Austrailian duo of Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame with a time of 3:12-59.

Men's C1, 200 meter:

Yuriy Cheban from the Ukraine won the gold medal in the C1, 200 meter final.  His time was 39.27.  Not only is this his second Olympic gold in this event, but he set a new olympic record.  The silver went to Valentin Demyanenko from Azerbaijan with a time of 39.49.  He adds this medal to his impressive resume of four-time World Champion, three-time European Champion.  Brazil’s own Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos claimed the bronze with a time of 39.62.

Upcoming Events:

The remaining sprint events will hold preliminary rounds on Friday, with medal rounds on Saturday morning:  Men’s K1, 200 meter; Men’s C2, 1000 meter; Women’s K4, 500 meter; Men’s K4, 1000 meter.