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Canoeing gold makes it five for New Zealand

Canoeing gold makes it five for New Zealand

Gold for Carrington

Canoe sprinter Lisa Carrington won New Zealand’s fifth gold medal of the Olympics with a superb effort in the women’s K1 200 at Eton Dorney.

Carrington was a class ahead of some very highly-rated opposition and won in a time of 44.638s, giving her a 0.415s margin over second-placed Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine. Hungarian Natasa Douchev-Janics, three times an Olympic champion and a strong tip beforehand, was third.

The race was paddled into a headwind, which Carrington felt might have been to her advantage.

The Bay of Plenty paddler is now the world and Olympic champion.

It is the first canoeing gold medal won by New Zealand since 1988 and the first ever by a woman, and means New Zealand has now won 13 medals at the Olympics, equal to the record haul at Seoul in 1988, though this time with more golds.

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Hanlen 18th in mountain biking

Karen Hanlen of Whakatane finished 18th in the Olympic women’s mountain bike race at Hadleigh Farm, Essex.

Hanlen’s time was 1min 37.54s. The race was won by Frenchwoman Julie Bresset in 1min 30.52s, 7min 02s ahead of the New Zealander.

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Walker Rew finishes 30th

New Zealand race walker Quentin Rew produced a personal best performance in finishing 30th in the Olympic 50km walk.

Rew, 28, finished strongly, threading his way through the field of 63 and clocked 3h 55min 03s, which beat his previous best for the distance by nearly four minutes.

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Farquhar ninth in javelin

Hamilton athlete Stuart Farquhar finished ninth in the Olympic javelin final.

Farquhar, who was very impressive in the qualifying round when he threw 82.32m, struggled for his best form in the final. He had a sequence of 76.80m, 76.64m and 80.22m.

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