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Danuta Kozac shows dominance in a day of otherwise close finishes

18 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - Danuta KOZAK (HUN) won her second gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and emphatically retained her women's kayak single (K1) 500m title at the Lagoa Stadium on Thursday.

None of the other seven paddlers could match KOZAK's move at the halfway mark and she won by a margin of almost two seconds.

At the line there were five boats in contention for the minor medals. Emma JORGENSEN (DEN), at 20 the youngest finalist, sneaked through for silver ahead of K1 200m champion Lisa CARRINGTON (NZL).

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Liepa makes history for two countries at Rio 2016

17 August 2016

When Lasma Liepa took to the water for the canoe sprint competition in Rio this week, she was making history for two countries.

It was no surprise that given the enormity of the occasion, nerves got the better of the Latvian-born Turk competing in her first Olympics.

28-year-old Liepa was also the first athlete to represent Turkey in canoe at an Olympic Games, and she was also the first woman from Latvia to compete in canoe.

“I was so nervous,” she said.

“At the start I forgot everything. I had never had so much stress in my life before,

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Champion paddler Cheban edges into final as Brazil's Queiroz Dos Santos aims for second medal

17 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - Men's canoe single (C1) 200m champion Iurii CHEBAN (UKR) just squeezed into the Rio 2016 final during racing at the Lagoa Stadium on Wednesday.

CHEBAN, who took gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was third in his semifinal, winning the last qualifying place on the basis of his time and pushing out Oleg TARNOVSCHI (MDA), whose brother Serghei won bronze in the C1 1000m on Tuesday.

Isaquias QUEIROZ DOS SANTOS (BRA), who took silver in the 1000m, is on course for another podium place after qualifying fastest for

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Korea box on in Olympic K2 debut

17 August 2016

Korea’s decision to have a K1 200 team in Rio came late, but Minkyu Choi and Gwanghee Cho are not complaining.

In a country where competitive sprint canoeing is starting to develop, both Choi and Cho are excited to be representing Korea at an Olympics.

Cho had already qualified for the K1, but up until a few months ago he and Choi had rarely set foot in a boat together.

“We’ve been paddling together for about four months,” Choi said.

“Last year Gwanghee qualified at the World Championships, but then our Korean Government wanted to have

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Rodriguez makes mark on Olympic debut

17 August 2016

Mexico’s Marcos Pulido Rodriguez has had to do it the tough way to get to Rio, but now that he’s here he’s having a ball.

Rodriguez began in the sport just before the London Olympics, but at that time competing for his country was only a pipedream.

“I began because some of my friends from college invited me about five years ago,” Rodriguez said.

“I am the only one from Mexico. I will continue working for the future, it is a big task ahead.”

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Canoe Sprint events starting on 17 August: preview facts

17 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - Preview facts for canoe sprint events starting on Wednesday 17 August at Lagoa Stadium.

Men's canoe single 200m

LI Qiang (CHN) could give China its first gold medal in an individual canoe sprint event.

MENG Guanliang (CHN) and YANG Wenjun (CHN) are the only Chinese medallists in canoe sprint at the Olympic Games. They won gold in men's canoe double 500m at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

LI finished second in this event at last year's world championships and at the World Cup events in

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