Double Gold for New Zealand kayaker Carrington

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Tokyo, Aug 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Aug 3, 2021): New Zealander Lisa Carrington continued an extraordinary nine-year unbeaten streak to win the 200-meter single kayak sprint in Tokyo on Tuesday, then a supported to claim gold in the 500m.

Carrington’s gold brace makes her New Zealand’s most successful Olympian, with four gold and one silver in three Games since London 2012.

Three of the gold medals came from the 200m solo sprint, an event the 32-year-old has dominated undefeated since 2012, a race that also includes seven world titles.

Carrington, a native New Zealander who was named the most influential Maori athlete of the past 30 years earlier this year, described her eventful morning as “brilliant.”

“Today has been a busy day,” she said after winning the 500m with her partner Caitlin Regal. “It was exciting, the conditions were tough, it was more than physical.

“It’s amazing that we can do it. In training you work hard and you think you might have a chance, but putting it in place on the day is a special thing.” Carrington is fortunate enough to increase her medal tally when she contests the 500m singles Thursday and the 500m four-woman on Saturday.

Success in either event would take him beyond fellow kayaker Ian Ferguson – who also had four gold and one silver at the Games in Seoul and Los Angeles in the 1980s – on New Zealand’s all-time medal table.

Carrington set an Olympic record of 38.120 seconds in the 200m solo, beating Spain’s Teresa Portela (38.883) and Dane Emma Jorgensen (38.901).

She joined Regal less than an hour later and the New Zealand pair set another Games record of 1: 35.785 over 500m duel, ahead of Poland (1: 36.753) and Hungary (1: 36.867).

Carrington said ahead of the Tokyo Olympics that she didn’t dwell on her long unbeaten run in the 200m, preferring to focus on the challenges ahead.

“I guess you don’t want to lose the streak you have, but I’m deliberately trying not to focus on it,” she told Sports Illustrated.

“It doesn’t matter because my next run matters. Maybe later I’ll have a moment of peace thinking ‘Wow, this is really cool, this is really special’, but I m ‘always striving to achieve the next thing too. “


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