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Opalev storms to canoeing title

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Video - Opalev powers to first gold

Russia's Maxim Opalev produced a stunning finish in the men's C1 500m to win his first gold medal in three Olympic Games.

Opalev, who won bronze in Athens and silver in Sydney, charged through late to pip Spain's David Cal in a time of one minute 47.140 seconds.

The Spaniard, who was sick while collecting his silver medal, finished ahead of Ukraine's Iurii Cheban.

Spain's Saul Craviotto and Carlos Perez won the men's K2 500m final.

The pair held a huge advantage going into the final 200m but in the end were forced to hang on as defending champions Germany fought back brilliantly to only just miss out on gold.

Belarus edged out Hungary for the bronze.

Elsewhere, China's duo of Guanliang Meng and Wenjun Yang won gold in the men's C2 500m, before falling into the water after crossing the finishing line.

Russia's Sergey Ulegin and Alexander Kostoglod took silver and bronze went to Germany's Christian Gille and Thomasz Wylenzek.

On Friday, Wylenzek was taken to hospital with dehydration after winning silver in the men's 1000m double.

Hungary's pair of Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Janic defended their women's K2 500m title with Poland taking silver medal and bronze going to France.


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
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Slalom kayak with Helen Reeves
23 May 08 |  Canoeing


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