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Carrington claims Bronze in tight K1 500m final

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 18/08/2016

Champion kayaker Lisa Carrington has added to her Olympic haul with a podium finish in the K1 500m in Rio.

Carrington, 27, has won a bronze medal after winning gold in the K1 200 earlier this week.

This feat makes her the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at one Olympic Games.

And with a gold medal in London four years ago bringing her medal tally to three, she joins Barbara Kendall and Valerie Adams as one of the three New Zealand women to have won three Olympic medals.

Lisa Carrington shows off her bronze medal for the women's kayak single 500m canoe sprint. © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Lisa Carrington shows off her bronze medal for the women's kayak single 500m canoe sprint. Carrington was last at the 250-metre point, but with her strong sprinting ability she made back ground in the final stretch, grabbing bronze in a photo finish.

She crossed the line four hundredths of a second behind the Dane Emma Jorgensen, with a time of 1:54.372.

The Hungerian Danuta Kozak won, clocking in at 1:52.494.

Carrington was by no means guaranteed a medal, with a powerful lineup of competitors out on the water.

"It's tough ... everyone steps up, and as you saw today, we were all fighting for second," Carrington told Sky Sport.

"I'm just proud of the fact that I could line up in two races and do my best ... so I'm happy," she said.

She qualified for the final of the K1 500 after finishing second in the semi finals, and first in her heat.

The Whakatane-raised Carrington, of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Ngati Porou descent, is a four-time world champion in the 200m event.

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