The star of the Rio 2016 canoe sprint competitions was unquestionably Hungary’s Danuta Kozák, the winner of golds in three of the four women’s competitions: K1, K2 and K4 500m. Elsewhere at the Lagoa Stadium, Germany’s Sebastian Brendel retained his C1 1,000m crown and won another in C2 over the same distance. Two other athletes to win back-to-back titles were New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington in the women’s K1 200m and Ukraine’s Yuriy Cheban in the men’s C1 200m.
Heaping praise on his coach Alexander Nikoronov, a grateful Heath said: “You dream about being a medallist at any Games you go to, and we came to this Olympics with the best preparation. Jon Schofield and I both came to the Games the best we’ve ever felt, absolutely at the top of our game, thanks to the training programme that Alex has been carefully putting together over the last four years.”
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