19 Aug 2016

Carrington claims bronze in tight K1 500m final

3:00 am on 19 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - Champion kayaker Lisa Carrington has added to her Olympic haul with a podium finish in the K1 500m in Rio.

(L-R) Denmark's Emma Jorgensen, Hungary's Danuta Kozak and New Zealand's Lisa Carrington celebrate on the podium after the Women's Kayak Single (K1) 500m event at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016.

Denmark's Emma Jorgensen, left, Hungary's Danuta Kozak and New Zealand's Lisa Carrington celebrate on the podium after the women's K1 500m final. Photo: AFP

Carrington, 27, has won a bronze medal after winning gold in the K1 200 earlier this week.

This feat makes her the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at one Olympic Games.

And with a gold medal in London four years ago bringing her medal tally to three, she joins Barbara Kendall and Valerie Adams as one of the three New Zealand women to have won three Olympic medals.

Carrington was last at the 250 metre point, but with her strong sprinting ability she made back ground in the final stretch, grabbing bronze in a photo finish.

She crossed the line four hundredths of a second behind the Dane Emma Jorgensen, with a time of 1:54.372.

The Hungerian Danuta Kozak won, clocking in at 1:52.494.

Carrington was by no means guaranteed a medal, with a powerful lineup of competitors out on the water.

"It's tough ... everyone steps up, and as you saw today, we were all fighting for second," Carrington told Sky Sport.

"I'm just proud of the fact that I could line up in two races and do my best ... so I'm happy," she said.

Lisa Carrington of New Zealand in action during the Women's Kayak Single 500m Heats of the Canoe Sprint events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 August 2016.

Lisa Carrington in the kayaking heats in the women's K1 500m race. Photo: AFP

She qualified for the final of the K1 500 after finishing second in the semi finals, and first in her heat.

The Whakatane-raised Carrington, of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Ngati Porou descent, is a four-time world champion in the 200m event.

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