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Carrington makes the finals in the K1 500m

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 17/08/2016

Lisa Carrington © Patrick Smith/Getty Images Lisa Carrington Rio 2016 Olympics - Two controlled performances secures champion kayaker Lisa Carrington a place in the K1 500m finals.

Carrington had a good start in her semifinal, sitting in second behind the Belarusian Maryna Litvinchuk.

She pushed hard in the third quarter but couldn't quite pull the Belarusian back, coming second with a time of 1:56.155.

In her heat, the 27 year old was in second place initially, just behind the Dane Emma Jorgensen, but she nudged just ahead at the halfway mark.

She pushed her lead out to half a boat length, finishing with a time of 1:54.765.

She has already won gold in Rio, taking the women's K1 200m yesterday, making it back-to-back Olympic golds.

Lisa Carrington © REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Lisa Carrington She is now well placed to become the first New Zealand woman to win multiple golds in individual events at a single Games.

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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