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Dittmer battles into 1000m final

Andreas Dittmer
Dittmer is bidding for his fourth gold medal in four Olympics Games

Three-time Olympic champion Andreas Dittmer reached the men's 1000m canoe final after moving through the field to finish second in his semi-final.

The 36-year-old, who won gold in the 500, 1000 and 1000 double in Athens, Sydney and Atlanta respectively, trailed France's Mathieu Goubel.

Dittmer had to contest the semi-final after finishing second in his heat behind Olympic champion David Cal.

Australia's Ken Wallace made the men's 1000m kayak final with a fine win.

Wallace, competing at his first Olympic Games, led for the first 500m of his semi-final before briefly losing the lead to South Africa's Shaun Rubenstein.

He was then pushed hard to the finish by New Zealand's Ben Fouhy and Sweden's Markus Oscarsson.

The 25-year-old will face Britain's World Champion Tim Brabants, Athens 2004 Olympic champion Eirik Veraas Larsen from Norway and Canada's world cup winner Adam van Koeverden in the final.

606: DEBATE

"I wanted to just get out in front and try and control the race," said Wallace, who has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Australian 1992 Olympic champion Clint Robinson.

"I was leading through the 500 and then I could feel where everyone was.

"But it wasn't a slouch semi. Between the top five or six of us, we've all trained together at one point in time and we all get on together really well.

"There are some favourites and it will be down to whoever has it in the legs in the last 150 because everyone is about the same."

Three Chinese crews also qualified for the 1000 metre finals in the K2, C2 and K4, to the delight of their home supporters at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

The 1000m metre finals will be held on Friday.


Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Racing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGermany 2 2 3 7
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 0 1 0
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 1 0 0
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 0 0 1
2 also show each event results forHungary 2 1 1 4
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 1 0 0
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forBelarus 2 0 1 3
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forSpain 1 2 0 3
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 0 1 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 0 2
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forAustralia 1 0 2 3
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 0 1 2
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forChina 1 0 0 1
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forCanada 0 1 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forDenmark 0 1 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forPoland 0 1 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 0 1 0
15 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 1 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 0 0 1

Canoe/Kayak Slalom medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSlovakia 3 0 0 3
Canoe Double (C2) Men 1 0 0
Canoe Single (C1) Men 1 0 0
Kayak (K1) Women 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forGermany 1 0 0 1
Kayak (K1) Men 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forAustralia 0 1 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) Men 0 0 1
Kayak (K1) Women 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forCzech Republic 0 1 0 1
Canoe Double (C2) Men 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 0 1
Kayak (K1) Men 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGreat Britain 0 1 0 1
Canoe Single (C1) Men 0 1 0
7 also show each event results forAustria 0 0 1 1
Kayak (K1) Women 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Canoe Double (C2) Men 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forTogo 0 0 1 1
Kayak (K1) Men 0 0 1

see also
Brit canoeists reach 500m semis
19 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Brabants powers into canoe final
18 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Brabants heads GB flatwater team
18 Jun 08 |  Canoeing
British canoeists' golden glint
03 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Hemmings into Olympic qualifiers
05 May 08 |  Canoeing
Slalom kayak with Helen Reeves
23 May 08 |  Canoeing


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