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Brabants wins Britain's 18th gold

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Tim Brabants powered to a superb victory in the final of the men's K1 1000m to win Great Britain's 18th gold medal of the Olympics.

The 31-year-old dominated the race from the start, finishing almost a boat's length ahead of the defending champion, Norway's Erik Veraas Larsen.

Brabants crossed the finishing line in 3 min 26.323 sec to win Britain's first ever canoeing Olympic gold medal.

Brabants adds Olympic gold to his world and European titles.

Starting in lane five, Brabants led from the very start of the race at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, holding off the challenge of Adam van Koeverden at the 500m stage.

The Canadian faded in the closing 250m stages as 2004 champion Larsen made his move, but Brabants held firm to clinch historic gold.

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Video - Brabants overjoyed with 'incredible' gold

"That was exactly the race plan we wanted, that is what we have been working on all year in how to race an Olympic final," said Brabants, who won bronze in Sydney in 2000.

"In the first two strokes there was no doubt I was going to win the race. No-one was going to come past me, I felt fantastic.

"I know it is easy to say when I won but right from the start line I was going to win the race."

Brabants had recorded the world's fastest time in his qualification heats in Athens four years ago, but failed to make the podium after finishing fifth in the final.

"Four years ago I had unfinished business. I was good four years ago but I wasn't this good," he added.

"London is definitely on the cards now. Don't be surprised to see me in London ready to represent Great Britain again."

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Australia's Ken Wallace took the bronze medal behind Larsen.

Brabants - a qualified doctor - goes for a second gold in the K1 500m final on Saturday.

The man from Walton-on-Thames in Surrey is the current European champion in the shorter distance.




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
British pair reach K1 500m finals
21 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
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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