Pride of Brazil keeps three-medal bid alive

Home country hero Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos's bid to win three medals at this year's Games stayed on course on Thursday in a dramatic finish to the men's C-1 200-metre race, when he fell overboard at the finish and claimed bronze.

A daring bid in the last stretch sent Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos soaring over the finish line and, ultimately, into the water, two days after he took silver in the men's C-1 1000-metre race.   -  Reuters

Home country hero Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos's bid to win three medals at this year's Games stayed on course on Thursday in a dramatic finish to the men's C-1 200-metre race, when he fell overboard at the finish and claimed bronze.

Ukraine's Iurii Cheban took gold in 39.279 seconds with Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan clinching silver just 0.214 seconds behind.

Queiroz dos Santos, 22, beloved among fans here at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, trailed for much of the race.

His quest to claim a spot on the podium in three events this year seemed all but lost as he got off to a rough start at the unforgiving 200-metre distance.

A daring bid in the last stretch sent him soaring over the finish line and, ultimately, into the water, two days after he took silver in the men's C-1 1000-metre race.

Queiroz dos Santos was not the only athlete going for a swim today. Cheban, 30, took a seemingly unanticipated dive into the lagoon at the finish line as well.

Cheban, who also took gold in the event at the 2012 Games, raised his arms in triumph and cheered while treading water as he saw his name appear at the top of the results board.

Queiroz dos Santos returns tomorrow to compete in the men's canoe double 1000-metre heat.

Germany wins men's double kayak 1,000m

Germany's Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross won the men's double kayak 1,000-metre final to add Olympic gold to the world title they won in 2015.

Rendschmidt and Gross powered across the line at Lagoa Stadium in 3min 10.781sec with Serbia's Marko Tomicevic and Milenko Zoric taking silver and Australians Ken Wallace and Lachlane Tame earning bronze.

Spain wins men's double kayak 200m gold medal

The men's kayak double 200m medallists are Saul Craviotto and Cristian Toro of Spain, who beat Great Britain's Liam Heath and Jon Schofield into second place. Bronze went to Edvinas Ramanauskas and Aurimas Lankas of Lithuania.

"I will never dream to have three medals and two golds so now I am dreaming," said Craviotto, who is one of Spain's greatest Olympians.

Danuta Kozak wins another gold

In the last race of the day at Lagoa Stadium, Hungary's Danuta Kozak won gold in the women's kayak single 500-metre to add to the kayak double 500-metre gold she won earlier in the Games.

Silver went to Denmark's Emma Jorgensen, with bronze won by New Zealand's Lisa Carrington.

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