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German wins women's 500-meter K-2

8/9/2012 - Olympic Sports

WINDSOR, England -- Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze of Germany won the women's 500-meter K-2 at Dorney Lake on Thursday, denying their Hungarian rivals a third straight Olympic title in the event.

The Germans led from start to finish to win in 1 minutes 42.213 seconds. Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Douchev-Janics of Hungary took the silver medal and Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk of Poland won the bronze.

Weber and Dietze were part of a German quartet whose 16-year dominance of the 500-meter K-4 ended Wednesday. They were beaten by a Hungary boat containing Kovacs.

But they bounced back to reclaim the title last won for Germany by two of their greatest Olympians -- Birgit Fischer and Katrin Wagner-Augustin -- in 2000.

Kozak wins 500-meter K-1 gold

Hungary's Danuta Kozak won the Olympic title in the women's 500-meter K-1 at Dorney Lake on Thursday, her country's third gold medal of the canoe sprint regatta.

The two-time European champion won in 1 minutes 51.456 seconds. Defending champion Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine won the silver medal and Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa took the bronze.

Kozak was the quickest qualifier by nearly a second. She bettered her second-place finishes at the last world championship and the 2012 European championship. It's her second gold of the games, following her victory Wednesday in the 500-meter K-4 team event.

Josefa Idem, the 47-year-old Italian competing in a women's record eighth Summer Games, finished fifth in her Olympic finale.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.