Canoe Sprint: Brazil's Queiroz dos Santos secures third medal

Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:37pm EDT
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By Amy Tennery

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos was denied a golden finish to his crackling Olympic run on Saturday, having to settle for silver in the men's C-2 1000-meter race.

The race was among the most highly anticipated of the men's events, which also included the K-1 200m and K-4 1000m, in the final day of the canoe sprint competition.

Germany won gold in the race in 3:43.912, nearly a full second ahead of the Brazilian boat, while Ukraine took bronze.

The victory marked German paddler Sebastian Brendel's second gold of the Games, alongside Jan Vandrey. Brendel took gold in the men's C-1 1000m on Tuesday, successfully defending his Olympic title.

Queiroz dos Santos previously won silver and bronze in the men's C-1 1000m and C-2 200m, respectively.

Charming home crowds since his debut here at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Queiroz dos Santos is Brazil's first-ever Olympic medalist in canoe sprint.

"Even though it was not gold, in my opinion the Brazilian crowd is what pushed us on so we're still happy with winning a medal," Queiroz dos Santos said.

Liam Heath brought home Britain's 25th gold medal on Saturday, winning the men's K-1 200m sprint in a neck-and-neck battle with France's Maxime Beaumont.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Canoe Sprint - Final - Men's Canoe Double (C2) 1000m - Final A - Lagoa Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Erlon de Souza Silva (BRA) of Brazil and Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos (BRA) of Brazil celebrate winning silver after the men's canoe double (C2) 1000m race.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci