ATHENS OLYMPICS: Germans reign supremein canoeing; yet another doping

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27 August 2004 , ATHENS - German boats made it into all 12 canoe finals and if Friday's first six finals is anything to go by, they will be able to look back on a successful canoeing competition. Two golds and two silvers is the German tally after the first six finals and only Hungary with one gold, one silver and two bronze come close to equalling the German performance. One of the gold medals went to Birgit Fischer, who came out of retirement to win her eighth Olympic kayak and canoeing gold medal spanni

27 August 2004

ATHENS - German boats made it into all 12 canoe finals and if Friday's first six finals is anything to go by, they will be able to look back on a successful canoeing competition.

Two golds and two silvers is the German tally after the first six finals and only Hungary with one gold, one silver and two bronze come close to equalling the German performance.

One of the gold medals went to Birgit Fischer, who came out of retirement to win her eighth Olympic kayak and canoeing gold medal spanning six Games since 1980 - and the tally could rise to nine on Saturday.

Fischer, 42, teamed up with Maike Nollen, Katrin Wagner and Carolin Leonhardt to win the women's K4 kayak race at the Schinias venue.

The other German gold came from the C2 pair of Christian Gille und Tomasz Wylenzek with silver for Russia and bronze for Hungary.

The Germans suffered a defeat though in the single canoe, with favourite Andreas Dittmer losing out to Spain's David Cal, with Attila Vajda of Hungary getting bronze.

Hungary won their gold in the men's kayak fours with Zoltan Kammerer, Botend Storcz, Akos Vereckei and Gabor Horvath. Here the Germans had to settle for silver.

In the singles kayak race Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway won gold, while Swedish two-time world champions Markus Oscarsson and Henrik Nilsson won the kayak apirs.

The gold medal in the women's mountain bike event went to Gunn- Rita Dahle of Norway, who clinched victory in 1 hour 56 minutes 51 seconds.

Marie-Helene Premont got silver for Canada almost one minute adrift. The reigning world champion Sabine Spitz of Germany got bronze.

Earlier Robert Korzeniowski of Poland completed an unprecedented gold medal hat-trick in the 50 kilometres walk after two main rivals were disqualified.

Korzeniowski, 36, claimed his fourth gold overall with an overwhelming victory in 3 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds in his last Olympic race.

Russia's world record holder Denis Nizhegorodov, who was close to collapsing in the sweltering heat at the end was second, while another Russian, Aleksey Voyevodin, was third.

There was bad news for another Russian though, as the International Olympic Committee announced that 400 metres runner Anton Galkin failed a doping test and was kicked out of the Olympics.

Galkin, who was a semi-finalist in his event, tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. He faces a two-year ban for his offence by the ruling athletics body IAAF.

Galkin, 25, is the second member of the Russian athletics team caught doping with stanozolol. The other was Irina Korzhanenko, who initially won the women's shot out gold.

The IOC said it has so far conducted more than 2300 of the planned 3,000 doping tests at the Olympics which end on Sunday.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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