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Van Koeverden happy to allow changing of K1 Men 1000m guard

17 August 2016

Decorated Canadian sprint canoeist Adam van Koeverden closed the door on his Olympic career in Rio on Tuesday, chuffed he had won his last ever race, and happy to be witnessing a changing of the guard in the men’s K1 1000.

34-year-old van Koeverden won the B final of the K1 1000, and walks away with the full collection of Olympic medals – a gold and bronze from Athens, and silver medals from Beijing and London.

“In one interpretation I got to win my last race, which is nice,” van Koeverden said.

“Sometimes the last chapter of a

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Canoeing family in mourning after tragic death of German coach Stefan Henze

16 August 2016

The International canoeing community is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Olympic silver medallist and German slalom coach Stefan Henze.

Henze succumbed on Monday to injuries he sustained in a car accident in Rio on Friday morning.

His family were beside him when he died.

German Canoe Federation President, Thomas Konietzko, said the death will leave an enormous hole in German canoeing.

“He was an Olympic silver medal winner, he was a coach,” Mr Konietzko said.

“With the bottom of his heart he worked to

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Spain's Walz glides through to take Gold in Rio

16 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - Marcus WALZ (ESP) was a surprise winner in a day of tight racing at Lagoa Stadium on Tuesday.

Fernando PIMENTA (POR) set the early pace in the final of the men's kayak single 1000m, leading at the first two timing points. With 250m to go Murray STEWART (AUS) had moved into first place with Roman ANOSHKIN (RUS) in second.

STEWART and ANOSHKIN were then overtaken by WALZ and Josef DOSTAL (CZE), engaged in a battle in lanes seven and eight which was won by the 21-year-old Spaniard after DOSTAL tired in the closing

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Canoe sprint champions cruise through on blistering first day

15 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - Under a baking sun at the Lagoa Stadium the first canoe sprint races of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games got underway on Monday, with Olympic champions Sebastian BRENDEL (GER) and Lisa CARRINGTON (NZL) both progressing to their respective finals.

BRENDEL won his men's canoe single (C1) 1000m heat comfortably and CARRINGTON recorded the fastest semifinal time in the women's kayak single (K1) 200m.

London 2012 K1 200m silver medallist Inna OSIPENKO-RODOMSKA (AZE) was the second-fastest qualifier to Tuesday's final, but five-time Olympian Natasa DOUCHEV...Read more

Australian young guns gatecrash final at first Olympics

15 August 2016

There’s a lot of hype and excitement surrounding an Olympics debut, but for Australian young guns Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett it’s all been a bit of a stroll in the park so far.

That’s not to say they aren’t pumped to be in Rio, because they most certainly are. But if you expected them to be a bundle of nerves then you’d be surprised.

Bull and Burnett, who already shocked many in Australia by qualifying for the K2 500, added another level to their meteoric rise on Monday when they qualified for Tuesday’s final.

It was an impressive performance from a...Read more

Cairns makes the most of Olympic second chance

15 August 2016

In Samoa you have look very hard to try and find a kayak anywhere.

The way Anne Cairns tells it, you should save your time. There are no kayaks anywhere in Samoa.

But Samoa has a paddler competing in the canoe sprint competition in Rio, her name is Anne Cairns, and she made her debut on the opening day of competition.

It should be pointed out Cairns calls New Zealand home these days. Her mother is Samoan and Cairns tries to get back there as often as possible.

But not to train. That would be impossible.

"There’s just no kayaks in

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