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Sunday, August 24, 2008

German paddlers claim title in men's kayak double (K2) 1,000m

Martin Hollstein (R) and Andreas Ihle of Germany celebrate after winning the Kayak double (K2) 1000m men final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Canoe/Kayak Flatwater event in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. The German pair clinched the gold medal in this event with a time of 3:11.809. (Xinhua/Jiang Enyu)

German paddlers claimed the men's kayak double (K2) 1,000m title at the Beijing Olympics in Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on Friday.

They finished the race with a winning result of three minutes and 11.809 seconds, followed by paddlers from Denmark ( 3:13.580) and Italy (3:14.750).

The German crew finished the race the sixth at Athens four years ago. The world best time for the event is 3:09.190, created by Italian paddlers at Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

"Combination between us is quite good today. It's a hard race from the beginning to the end. I think at least six boats have the ability to win. But luckily, we were the first to hit the finish line," German paddler Andreas Ihle told Xinhua in the mixed zone.

His partner also said that the race was great.

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