Hungarian female kayaker Danuta Kozák has written history by becoming the country’s first-ever four-times Olympic champion on the sport by coming first in 500m individual today in Rio.
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The 29-year-old Hungarian won with an enormous lead, which became even more pronounced as the field neared the finish line, beating Denmark’s Emma Jørgensen by almost two seconds into second place, while Lisa Carrington of New Zealand won the silver medal. She qualified for finals with a highly impressive result with not only winning her race but also achieving the best overall time in semi-finals.
Ms. Kozák won her first gold medal in Rio on Tuesday as Hungary registered a thrilling victory against returning Olympic champions, Germany, to claim the women’s kayak double 500m gold with a breathtakingly slim margin. Together with her latest victory and two golds won in London in 2012, this makes her a four-times Olympic champion.