Lisa Carrington wins Gold in London 2012

Lisa Carrington took to the waters in the K1 200 in London 2012, claiming the first canoeing gold medal won by New Zealand since 1988 and the first ever by a woman.

Carrington was a class ahead of some very highly-rated opposition and won in a time of 44.638s, giving her a 0.415s margin over second-placed Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine. Hungarian Natasa Douchev-Janics, three times an Olympic champion and a strong tip beforehand, was third.

The race was paddled into a headwind, which Carrington felt might have been to her advantage.
“I can count on my endurance so I was quite confident about that aspect,” she said.

Carrington trailed the Ukrainian, who had won the Olympic K1 500 gold, initially but stormed through with a trademark strong finish.

The popular paddler was watched by a large group of family and friends and also by a number of other New Zealand Olympians who made the trip to Eton Dorney to help celebrate another of New Zealand’s great sports triumphs.

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