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Germany Wins Gold Medals in Kayak, Canoe; Australia Victory

Germany won Olympic gold medals in kayak and canoe events this morning, while there were also wins for Australia and Hungary.

Germany’s Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won gold in the canoe double 1000m men’s competition at Eton Dorney, west of London. Belarussian brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich, the defending champions, were second, with Russia’s Alexey Korovashkov and Ilya Pervukhin third.

Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze won gold for Germany in the women’s kayak double 500-meter event. Hungary’s Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Douchev-Janics were second, and Poland’s Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk came third.

Australia’s Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear won the men’s kayak four 1000m competition. Hungary took silver and the Czech Republic got the bronze medal.

Hungary’s Danuta Kozak won the gold medal in the women’s kayak single 500-meter competition. She finished ahead of Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine and South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley.

The results move Germany up one place in the standings, to sixth, with a total of nine golds. Hungary and Australia are ninth and 10th, with seven and six golds, respectively.

China has most golds, 36, with the U.S. on 34. The U.S. leads on total medals with 81, four ahead of China. Britain is third on golds, with 22 in a total of 48.

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