Norway’s Eirik Veras Larsen won gold today in the men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m at Eton Dorney, while in the Canoe Single (C1) 1000m, Sebastian Brendel of Germany took the title. World champion Adam van Koeverden finished second in the K1 to claim silver, while Max Hoff from Germany won the bronze.
Canada’s Van Koeverden had been expected to challenge and he surged into an early lead, but with 250m to go Larsen edged into first place to claim the victory.
Van Koeverden said he had trained with Larsen in the region of 1,000 times over the last 14 years, and he knew he would face a tough battle against his rival.
He said: ‘We are 50-50 for wins in those sessions. In those sessions we get off the water and we have said to each other many, many times, “I don’t think anybody in the world could have done what we did today”.
‘I have said it before that I don’t like stacking up my 1000m silvers on my dresser at home but if I have to lose to somebody then he is a classy guy and I respect him so much.’ Germany had further success to follow up Hoff’s bronze as Brendel took the C1 gold.
Spain’s David Cal Figueroa won silver and the Canadians got their second Canoe Sprint medal of the day with the bronze for Mark Oldershaw.