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Daniele Molmenti wins kayak slalom

Updated: August 1, 2012, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

WALTHAM CROSS, England -- Daniele Molmenti gave himself a gold medal as a birthday present.

The Italian powered down the white water course at the London Olympics to win the men's kayak slalom Wednesday on his 28th birthday.

Molmenti finished 1.35 seconds ahead of Vavrinec Hradilek, who gave the Czech Republic its first medal of these games. Germany's Hannes Aigner, who won bronze.

"I finished my job. I'm so excited I've lost my voice," Molmenti said.

Hradilek set the tone ...

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