German Canoeing and Kayaking Teams Score Double Gold
Enlarge image The German duo of Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won the C2 men’s canoe event. (© picture alliance / Sven Simon)
German canoeists triumphed on Thursday morning on Dorney Lake at Eton, performing brilliantly to bring home two gold medals. The German duo of Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won the C2 men’s canoe event, while the competition could not best the showing of Germans Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze in the women’s K2 kayaking event. However, the German team was not able to medal in the four-person men’s kayaking competition, finishing just out of the medal placing in fourth place.
After Sebastian Brendel’s canoeing gold Wednesday, the German Canoe team has made a strong showing in London these Olympics with its three gold medals.
Enlarge image Franziska Weber/Tina Dietze of Germany won the women's Kayak Double (K2) 500m competition of the Canoe Sprint . (© picture alliance / Photoshot) It was, however, a bitter day for German high jumper Ariane Friedrich. She had cleared a height of 1.96 meters three times, her best jump this year, but her 14th place finish was not good enough to put her in the finals with the top twelve jumpers. The German men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Jonas Plass, Kamghe Gaba, Eric Krüger and Thomas Schneider were also sent packing, finishing sixth in preliminaries with a time of 3:03.50.
The German women’s diving team had mixed results, with European Championship bronze medalist Mary Kurjo finishing in 17th place, not high enough to make it out of the preliminaries. Her compatriot Christin Steuer, however, will have another chance to get to the medal podium, coming in seventh in the preliminaries.