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Canoe sprint: Ed McKeever powered to victory in the men's K1 200 at Eton Dorney

Updated: Saturday, 11 Aug 2012 11:57 | Comments

Ed McKeever, dubbed 'Usain Bolt on water' won the men's K1 200
Ed McKeever, dubbed 'Usain Bolt on water' won the men's K1 200

'Bolt on water' delivers in men's K1 200

Dubbed "Usain Bolt on water", Britain's Ed McKeever powered to victory in the men's K1 200 to take the first gold awarded in the new shorter and more explosive Olympic distance.

McKeever, a trainee accountant, said that having won gold he was now more willing to accept the nickname given to him by the British media.

"Luckily I've got the gold medal to go with it," the unassuming winner told reporters on the side of the lake. "I'm more willing of that tagline.

"After the start, I was kind of out clean and I just held on. My main emotion was probably relief."

The sprint over 200 metres and lasting around 36 seconds is designed to increase interest in the sport, with the canoeists taking around three strokes per second in a fast and dramatic fight for the line.

McKeever, who had started the race as a favourite after emerging from the heats as the fastest qualifier, powered off the start in blustery head-wind conditions to take a lead over the rest of the field.

He punched the air as he crossed the line around 0.25 seconds ahead and ran his hands through the water, before waving to the grandstands.

Spain's Saul Craviotto Rivero took the silver and Canada's Mark de Jonge the bronze.

World champion Carrington takes women's K1 200 gold

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington stormed through the field to take victory in the inaugural K1 200 to add to her world championship title and give her country its first women's Olympic gold medal in sprint canoeing.

The result consigned Hungarian great Natasa Douchev-Janics to a bronze medal after she won a silver earlier in the week. She had been in the hunt for her fourth Olympic gold medal overall.

The explosive sprint over 200 metres is new to the Olympic programme and designed to increase interest in the sport, with the canoeists taking three strokes per second in an explosive fight for the line.

Ukraine's Inna Osypenko-Radomska, Olympic champion from 2008 over the 500-metre distance and silver medallist from earlier this week, took another silver.

Cheban wins inaugural C1 200 event

Ukraine's Yuri Cheban stormed to gold in the men's inaugural C1 200.

The sprint over 200 metres is new to the Olympic programme and designed to increase interest in the sport, with the canoeists taking three strokes per second in an explosive fight for the line.

Cheban, a bronze medallist from Beijing, flew off the start and had a half-length lead by 100 metres. Lithuania's Jevgenij Shuklin took silver and Russia's Ivan Shtyl, the 2010 world champion, took the bronze in what had been a very open event.

Postrigay and Dyachenkco blow C2 200 rivals away

Russia's Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko blew away the field to take victory in the men's C2 200 canoeing in a thrilling sprint for the line.

Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus took silver and Britain's Liam Heath and Jon Schofield the bronze.

The sprint over 200 metres is new to the Olympic programme and is designed to increase interest in the sport, with the canoeists taking three strokes per second in an explosive fight for the line.

The Russian pair had a good start but powered away from the field in the middle 100 metres in the most comprehensive victory of the day's racing on Dorney Lake. They thrust their paddles in the air as they crossed the line and roared with delight.

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