Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela of Germany won the gold medal Thursday in the men’s 1,000-meter C-2 at the Olympic canoe sprint regatta.
The Germans came through strong in the final 250 meters to win in 3 minutes,33.804 seconds,a half-length ahead of defending champions Andrei Bahdanovich and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich of Belarus. Alexey Korovashkov and Ilya Pervukhin of Russia took the bronze.
Kretschmer and Kuschela won a World Cup event in Poznan,Poland,in May and were the quickest qualifiers for the final by two seconds.
It was Germany’s second gold and fifth medal of the regatta.
Earlier,Germany fired off the start to win the women’s K2 500 metres and deny their fierce rivals Hungary a third consecutive Olympic title in a thrilling sprint on Thursday.
Germany’s Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze,who won silver in the K4 on Wednesday,powered away to take a half-length lead down the Dorney Lake course.
Hungary flagged in the latter stages but held on to take the silver and Poland claimed the bronze.
Meanwhile,Hungary’s Danuta Kozak powered through the field on Dorney Lake to add the Olympic K1 500 title to her bulging international medal collection.
Kozak,who won gold on Wednesday in the K4,moved through the field to reel in Ukraine’s Inna Osypenko-Radomska who was looking to defend her Beijing title.
South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley continued her sharp rise up the standings to take bronze.