Lisa Carrington captures gold in women's kayak single 200m

This is the third-straight gold medal from the New Zealand athlete who won in the same event at London 2012 and Rio 2016

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New Zealand's Lisa Carrington has shown why she is the female powerhouse in canoe sprint after finishing a crisp Olympic best time of 38.120 to win gold in the canoe sprint K1 200m event held at Sea Forest Waterway today 3 August.

She launched to an early lead and finished in dominant fashion breaking her own Olympic best time of 38.127 which she just set a few hours earlier before the finals.

This is the third straight Olympic title for Carrington in the same event after winning at London 2012 and Rio 2016. She also won bronze in the K-1 500m event in Rio.

A few moments after winning the K-1 200m race, Carrington won Olympic gold again in the Kayak double 500m along with partner Caitlin Regal.

As for winning the women's kayak single 200m final, Carrington said:

"It was awesome. Today was a busy day. It was just exciting, the conditions were challenging. It was more than just physical. It was fun to go out there.”

Carrington will also have a shot at two more golds as she will be competing in the K-1 500m event tomorrow 4 August and Women's Kayak Four 500m on Saturday 7 August.

Meanwhile, Teresa Portela from Spain clinched silver recording a time of 38.883. Portela is the first Spanish female athlete in history to compete at six Olympic Games having made her debut in Sydney 2000.

Denmark's Aastrand Jorgensen picked up bronze at 38.901.

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