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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 05:39 GMT 06:39 UK
Wynne takes kayak bronze
Great Britain's Ian Wynne holds aloft his Olympic bronze medal
Born: 30 November 1973, Kent
Lives: Guildford
Honours: K1 500m Olympic bronze (2004)
K1 500m silver & 1000m bronze at European Championships (2004)
Great Britain's Ian Wynne shrugged off a freak ankle injury to take bronze in the men's K1 500m kayak final.

The Kent athlete sprained his ankle after falling off a bus on Friday and competed with heavy strapping.

Canada's Adam van Koeverden took the gold medal while early leader, Australian Nathan Baggaley, was second.

In the women's event, Lucy Hardy recorded the best performance by a British female canoeist at the Olympics, finishing in seventh place.

The 26-year-old set a new personal best of 1:53.717 in blustery conditions in Athens.

"Seventh is much more than I could have thought of at this Games," Hardy told BBC Sport. "Hopefully it's the start of good things to come."

It was a silly accident but it never crossed my mind to pull out
Britain's Ian Wynne
Hungary's Natasa Janics delivered a dominant display to power to gold ahead of Italy's Josefa Idem while Canadian Caroline Brunet was third.

Wynne's bronze came after he poured on the pace over the final 200m, moving from sixth to third place.

The 30-year-old then held off defending champion Eirik Versass Larsen to claim bronze in one minute, 38.547 seconds.

Wynne endured a sleepless night and was pleased to snatch a medal in spite of his disrupted preparations.

"It was a silly accident," said Wynne. "Getting off the bus after dinner I just rolled over on my ankle.

"It never crossed my mind to pull out - even if it was broken or I was in complete agony I would have been out there racing.

"There is no way I would have given up on an Olympic final after I had fought so hard to get there.

"Every stroke you do you are pushing with your foot on the footrest and it drives through the body.

"But when I got my boat up and running I adapted a little bit to it and just kept my head there.

"Maybe if it wasn't there I would have got gold, maybe it was the little thing that spurred me on and made the bronze happen."

Double world champion Baggaley got off to a flying start but Van Koeverden reeled him in to win in 1:37.919.

In the men's C1 500m canadian final, Germany's Andreas Dittmer timed his race to perfection to claim gold.

Spain's David Cal added silver to his 1000m gold while Russian Maxim Opalev took bronze.

Hungarian Natasa Janics in action in Athens
Hungary's Janics powered to double gold on the final day of canoeing
German duo Ronald Rauhe and Tim Wieskoetter triumphed in the men's K2 500m.

Baggaley was back on the water, teaming up with Clint Robinson to take silver, while Belarussians Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu finished third.

China's Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun made a late surge to clinch gold medal in the men's C2 500m.

A quartet of boats were level at the 400m but the Chinese duo pulled ahead to out-sprint Cuba 's Ibrahim Rojas Blanco and Ledis Frank Balceiro.

Alexander Kostoglod and Alexander Kovalev Pajon of Russia got the bronze.

Hungarians Katalin Kovacs and Janics rounded off the Olympic action at the Schinias Centre by taking gold in the women's K2 500m.

The pair ended Birgit Fischer's hopes of claiming a record-equalling ninth gold medal.

The German had to settle for silver alongside Carolin Leonhardt while Poland's Aneta Pastuszka and Beata Sokolowska Kulesza were third.

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