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Olympics: Kayaker Carrington claims gold

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 16/08/2016

Lisa Carrington of New Zealand © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Lisa Carrington of New Zealand Rio 2016 Olympics - New Zealand's world champion kayaker Lisa Carrington has won back-to-back Olympic titles on day 11 in Rio.

Carrington did not make the best of starts in the K1 200m final and was third nearing the half way stage.

However she proved her champion status with an impressive run to the line to finish .4 of a second ahead of her nearest rival with a time of of 39.864.

The 27-year-old told Sky Sport said she was nervous before the race but her concentration was strong this morning.

"I really just wanted to perform awesome today.

The gold's up for grabs for all of us, I mean I really wanted it but I'm just happy to have raced ... I'm just stoked."

She said she was going to embrace the moment and take it all in.

"It is going to be hard to come down off this," she told Sky Sport.

She becomes just the fourth New Zealand woman to win multiple Olympic golds after the Evers-Swindell twins and Val Adams.

Carrington will now attempt to become the first woman to win gold medals in individual events at the same Olympic canoe sprint regatta when she competes in the 500m later in the programme.

She posted an Olympic Best time of 39.561 in her semifinal to qualify fastest for the gold medal contest, and won both her heat and her semifinal.

She has not been beaten over the distance in five years.

British bookmakers had the four-time world champion and 2012 gold medallist as favourite, with odds of 1-33.


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