Thursday, August 9, 2012
Australia wins gold in 1,000m K-4
ESPN.com news services
WINDSOR, England -- Australia surprisingly won gold in the men's 1,000-meter K-4 at Dorney Lake on Thursday, upsetting the favored crews from Hungary and Slovakia.
The quartet of Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear won in 2 minutes, 55.084 seconds. Hungary was a half-length behind to take silver and the Czech Republic won bronze, pushing Slovakia out of the medals.
The Australians were world silver medalists last year but haven't been a threat at World Cup events in 2012.
The Australian victory denied Hungarian great Zoltan Kammerer a fourth Olympic gold medal.
Germany captures 1,000-meter C-2 gold
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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.