10 Aug 2012

NZ canoeists 7th in finals

7:02 am on 10 August 2012

New Zealand canoeists have come in seventh in their finals at the London Olympics.

Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor struggled early on in the K2 500m final on Thursday and couldn't keep pace with the frontrunners at the Eton Dorney course.

The strong German pair of Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze dominated the race from the start and caused an upset, beating the favourites to the gold medal in 1min 42.213s.

Hungary's Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Douchev-Janics had to settle for silver, while Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk from Poland took the bronze.

Carrington and Taylor's time was 1min 46.290s.

In the B final, Volha Khudzenka and Maryna Pautaran from Belarus won in 1min 44.407s.

Carrington, 23, is a strong medal contender in the K1 200m event - a new addition to the Olympic programme.

She is the current world champion and will be back on the water for her first heat on Friday.

Hungary wins K1 final

Hungary's Danuta Kozak won gold in the K1 500m final on Thursday in 1min 51.456s.

Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine claimed the silver, while South African Bridgitte Hartley won the bronze.

In the B final, German Katrin Wagner-Augustin won in a time of 1min 52.402s.

New Zealand's Teneale Hatton came seventh in 1min 56.103s.