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Carrington goes for the double

Author -  Karen Simpson

Lisa Carrington will race for another medal after qualifying for the K1 500m final at the Lagoa Olympic Stadium in Rio, finishing second in her semifinal.

Carrington goes for the double

Lisa Carrington will race for another medal after qualifying for the K1 500m final at the Lagoa Olympic Stadium in Rio, finishing second in her semifinal.

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Lisa Carrington will race for another medal after qualifying for the K1 500m final at the Lagoa Olympic Stadium in Rio, finishing second in her semifinal.

Maryna Litvinchuk (Belarus) won the first of three semifinals in 1:55.641, with Carrington just 0.514secs back. The first two from each semifinal automatically went through to the A final, along with the two fastest other finishers from the three semifinals.

Hungary's Danuta Kozak, fresh from winning gold in the K2 500m with Gabriella Szabo yesterday, won the second semifinal in 1:54.241, from Denmark's Emma Jorgensen (1:55.193) with Yu Zhou (China) and Elena Aniushina (Russia) also progressing from that semi.

German Franziska Weber won the third semifinal in 1:56.515, from Inna Osipenko-Rodomska (Azerbaijan) who was second in 1:57.627.

Following her K1 200m victory yesterday, Lisa is attempting to become the first woman with two gold medals in individual canoe sprint events at a single Olympic Games, joining six male athletes.

The last athlete to do this was Knut Holmann (Norway) at Sydney 2000 where he won the men's kayak single 500m and 1000m.

Seven women have won two gold medals in canoe sprint at a single Olympic Games, but on all occasions this included at least one team event.

Lisa's main K1 500m rival Danuta Kozak did this in 2012, winning the K1 500m and the K4 500m.

Carrington goes for the double

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