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On the final day of competition at the Sea Forest Waterway, the Germans hope for a medal that puts everyone in danger of drowning. Until the men’s kayak foursome came in the last race of the day. and beat big rival Spain in the race for Gold Wafer-Thin.
The German canoeists’ victory came in the port of Tokyo in the last race of the day: on Saturday morning (07.08.2021) German time, the four-man kayak went out to save the 500-meter sprint distance, the German record.
And it worked: the German lead boat around batsman Max Rendschmidt, veteran Roald Ruhe, Tom Liebscher and Max Lemke beat their big rivals Spain in an entertaining final sprint and took the gold medal.
Ruhe crowns his canoe career
Especially for Rouhe, who would end his career after six Olympic Games, the final victory of his career became. “We have to attack the Spaniards in our heads,” said the 39-year-old before the race. Knowing that he and his three colleagues would treat a team on an equal footing. At the last World Cup in Szeged, Hungary, the Iberians were ahead of the Germans.
However, in the muddy waters of Tokyo, the Germans finally came out on top. After a balanced start, the Spaniards were initially half the length of the boat, but the Germans kept crawling closer and closer to the opponent. And the Spaniards had nothing to match the irresistible final boom of a German World Championship boat. In the end, the Germans were a few centimeters ahead. And a few minutes later he was allowed to wear four gold medals in the winning ceremony.
It was announced after the race: Ruhe would lead the German team to the Olympic Stadium with the flag at the closing ceremony in Tokyo. The German Olympic Sports Confederation announced the decision on Saturday, the final day of competition at the Games in Japan.
mixed balance for canoeists
Success in the kayak foursome can only partly hide the poor record of the German Canoe Association. For the first time in a long time, women didn’t even reach the podium. “Gold was important because we didn’t achieve what we set out to do in the long run. It’s a good conclusion, but it won’t change the overall balance,” said Kanu Association president Thomas Konitzko.
Canadian singles: Scheibner sixth, Brendel disappointed
In the canoe single over 1000m, Conrad Scheibner failed to reach the podium on Saturday. When Brazilian Isaacius Queiroz won, the 25-year-old Berliner had no chance and finished sixth.
Sebastian Brendel, after his success in C1 at the 2012 Games in London and winning double gold five years earlier in Rio, was one of the most promising candidates of the German Canoe Association (DKV), even with a full medal Missed the race and finished second. B final. Brendel had earlier won a bronze medal in the two-man race with Tim Hecker.
Canoe two-man: Jahn and Koch in fourth place
It was all about the centimeter for Lisa Jahn and Sophie Koch, who finished fourth in the Canadian two-man over 500 metres. In the Olympic premiere of the boat class, the pair of Berlin and Karlsruhe crossed the finish line, leaving behind Olympic champions China, Ukraine and Canada in the finals. It’s a shame for the two young athletes who won over Canada in the run-up.
Women’s Kayak Foursome Fifth
Sabrina Herring-Pradler, Melanie Gebhardt, Jule Heck and Tina Dietz showed a fine run of fifth place in the kayak foursome, but the German women’s overall disappointing performance could not shine through. The women’s kayak foursome has always won a medal at the last seven Olympic Games – not this time. The gold went to the boat from Hungary, Belarus won the silver and the canoeists from Poland were pleased with the bronze.
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