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Vajda of Hungary wins men's canoe single (C1) 1,000m gold
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15:53, August 22, 2008


Attila Sandor Vajda of Hungary crosses the finish line in the Canoe single (C1) 1000m men final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Canoe/Kayak Flatwater event in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. Attlia Sandor Vajda clinched the gold medal in this event with a time of 3:50.467. (Xinhua/Jiang Enyu)

-- Attila Sandor Vajda of Hungary came from behind to win the gold medal in the Olympic canoe flatwater men's single (C1) 1,000 meters in the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on Friday.

Vajda won comfortably in 3 minutes, 50.467 seconds, ahead of defending Olympic champion David Cal of Spain who took silver in 3:52.751. Thomas Hall of Canada, who won two pre-Games World Cups, took bronze in 3:53.653.

The 25-year-old Hungarian, bronze medalist in Athens and reigning world champion, were in sixth place by the 500 meters. But a late charge made him lead by the 750 meters and he hold on to the lead by the finish line.

Vadim Menkov of Uzbekistan led by the 500 meters, but finished in fourth place.

Andreas Dittmer of Germany, silver medalist in Athens, came in a disappointing eighth. The German won the C1 500m gold in Athens and also took the C2 1,000m title in Atlanta and the C1 1,000m title in Sydney.


Attila Sandor Vajda of Hungary competes in the Canoe single (C1) 1000m men final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Canoe/Kayak Flatwater event in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. Attlia Sandor Vajda clinched the gold medal in this event with a time of 3:50.467. (Xinhua/Jiang Enyu)

Source:Xinhua

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