Olympics: Canoe/Kayak

McKeever wins kayak gold on final day at Eton Dorney

Ed McKeever celebrates one final gold for Britain. (Chris Carlson — Associated Press)

Ed McKeever won a final gold for the host country on the final day of racing at Eton Dorney, winning the kayak single 200m.

Saul Craviotto Rivera won the silver and Mark de Jonge of Canada took the bronze.

Liam Heath and Jon Schofield added to the British haul with a bronze in the men’s kayak four. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko of Russia won the silver and Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus won the bronze.

Ukraine, which had great success at the venue, took two more medals Saturday, a gold in the canoe single 200m and silver in the lone women’s race.

Yuri Cheban won the gold in the single canoe. Jevgeni Shuklin of Lithuania took silver and Russian Ivan Shtyl the bronze.

In the women’s kayak single 200m, Inna Osypenko-Radomska won silver for Ukraine, second to Lisa Carrington of New Zealand. Natasa Douchev-Janics took bronze for Hungary.

Germans, Hungarians dominate sprint racing

Germany’s Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela (L) compete to winning the gold medal in the canoe double (C2) 1000m men’s final A. (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN)

Germany won two golds in four sprint races Thursday at Eton Dorney, and Hungary won three medals overall.

Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won gold in the canoe double 1000m, with brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich of Belarus taking the silver and Russians Alexey Korovashkov and Ilya Pervukhin the bronze.

Germany’s other gold came in the women’s double kayak 500m, with Franziska Weber and Tina Etze edging Katalin Kovans and Natasa Doucev-Janics of Hungary. Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk of Poland were third.

World champion Danuta Kozak of Hungary won gold in the single kayak 500m, ahead of Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, the gold medalist four years ago, and Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa.

Australia won the men’s kayak four, with Hungary winning another silver and the Czech Republic taking the bronze.

There were no Americans in any of the finals.

American Johnson misses kayak final

Carrie Johnson failed to qualify for the 500m kayak finals. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Carrie Johnson, the only American competing in Tuesday’s flatwater canoe/kayak events at Eton Dorney, was eliminated in her semifinal heat of the women’s 500m kayak.

Johnson has missed the finals in three straight Olympics. From London she’ll head to Cal-Davis to begin a four-year veterinary program.

The three medalists from Beijing all returned. Josefa Idem of Italy (silver) won the third semifinal heat, in which Johnson was eliminated, and Katrin Wagner-Augustin of Germany (bronze) was fourth. Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine (gold) was second in the first semifinal heat. All three advance to Thursday’s final, as does world champion Danuta Kozak of Hungary, who won the second heat.

Sergiy Bezugliy and Maksim Prokopenko of Azerbaijan and Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela of Germany advanced final in canoe doubles 1000 meters by winning their heats. In the semifinals, Ilya Pervukhin and Alexey Korovashkov of Russia had the top time.

Slovakia and Hungary won their heats in the men’s kayak four 1000 meters and automatically advanced to the final, where they will be joined by six other boats, including semifinal winner Australia.

In the kayak doubles 500 meters, Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor of Australia had the top time going into the finals.

The finals in all four events will be Thursday.

Polish woman set world best in kayak four

Team Poland, left, got it done in kayak on Monday. (Harry How -- Getty Images)

Poland set a world best in the women’s kayak four 500 meters Monday in the semifinals at Eton Dorney.

Marta Walczykiewicz, Aneta Koniecna, Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk finished in 1 minute 30.338 seconds. They had finished last in their heat before setting the mark.

Earlier, Hungary and Germany both advanced to the final by winning their respective heats.

Adam van Koeverden of Canada had the top time in winning his semifinal heat in the single kayak 1,000 meters.

Van Koeverden won in 3:28.209. Max Hoff of Germany won the other semifinal heat in 3:29.294.

Martin Hollstein and Ihle Andreas of Germany and Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny of Hungary won their opening heats in the kayak double 1,000 meters and advanced automatically to the final.

Peter Gelle and Erik Vlcek of Slovakia had the fastest time in the semifinals and advanced as well.

In single canoe 1000-meter semifinals, Mathieu Goubel of France had the fastest time, 3:51.811. Sebastian Brendel of Germany clocked a 3:52.111.

No Americans competed in any of the four disciplines Monday. The finals in all four events will be held Wednesday.

Brits take gold, silver in canoeing

British boats took gold and silver in the men’s doubles canoe finals Thursday at the Lee Valley Whitewater Center.

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won the gold by 0.56 of a second over David Florence and Richard Hounslow. Neither team had penalties. Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia won the bronze.

No Americans qualified for the finals.