OLYMPIC GAMES – TOKYO 2020
Saturday, 21 August 2021
OLYMPIC GAMES – TOKYO 2020
Lisa Carrington's name is still echoing at the Sea Forest Waterway venue in Tokyo. During the week, it was repeated over and over for the commentators, the other athletes, coachs, team leaders, services teams, volunteers, security, office workers, everbody. It was just not possible to ignore. She is now the goddess of Sprint Canoeing: More than 10 years unbeaten in the K1 200, 5x Olympic Champion (3x K1 200, 1x K1 500 and 1x K2 500) and Bronze Medalist in K1 500. She is the reigning Olympic and World Champion of the K1 200 and the K1 500. In Tokyo, she made everything look easy: Gold in the K1 200 and Gold in the K2 500 with Caitlin Regal. Next was the K1 500. Again, she dominated the race and claimed the Gold. The forth medal was very close, as the crew from New Zealand (Lisa Carrington, Caitlin Regal, Alicia hostins and Teneale Hatton) finished 4th. For History though, it will remain the three Golds. That's what future generations will talk about.
The Tokyo Games were very anticipated as they moved from 2020 to 2021. An extra year that changed a lot and that will make many wonder what could have been different in 2020. One thing is for sure: Tokyo didn't disappoint the sprint canoe fans. It was top level and only for the toughest. The competition introduced a new format of 4 stages: Heats and Quarter-finals in one day, Semifinals and Finals next day, which gave the athletes a refreshing sense of achievement.
Lisa Carrington would be the first Olympic Champion in Tokyo after the win in the K1 200. Emma Jorgensen was third, showing once again that not only she is one of the best in the world but also that she has the medals to prove it. The K1 200 had also as finalists using Jantex Deborah Kerr and Adreanne Langlois. The same combination (Lisa Gold, Emma Bronze) in the K1 500. Teresa Portela was the third member of the Jantex team in the Final. At the end of the first day, Lisa, pairing with Caitlin Regal, known before as Ryan, became double Olympic Champion by winning the K2 500. The Silver went to the very consistent Polish duo of Karolina Najaand Anna Pulawska. They would take a second medal home (Bronze) in the K4 500, where Volha Khudzenkagot the Silver.
One of the most antecipated races of the Olympics was the K1 1000. Bets were made and theories were told. In the end, a Bronze for Fernando Pimenta gave him the so longed Olympic Medal in K1 that he celebrated showing the pacifier of his new born daughter Margarida. Agustin Vernice from Argentina also managed to put his name in the Final.
Moving to the fastest man: 13 years after Beijing, Manfredi Rizza gave Italy an Olympic Medal. A Silver in the K1 200 is an almost perfect goodbye to the K1 200 in the Olympics. In the team boats, Bronze for Samuel Balazand Denis Mysak in the K4 500.
Jantex left Tokyo with 15 medals, 6 Medals in the K1events: 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.
Here is the full list of the medalists:
Lisa Carrington – Gold K1 200, K1 500 and K2 500
Emma Jorgensen – Bronze K1 200 and K1 500
Manfredi Rizza – Silver K1 200
Fernando Pimenta – Bronze K1 1000
Caitlin Regal – Gold K2 500
Karolina Naja – Silver K2 500, Bronze K4 500
Anna Pulawska – Silver K2 500, Bronze K4 500
Volha Khudzenka – Silver K4 500
Samuel Balaz – Bronze K4 500
Denis Mysak – Bronze K4 500
More Information – olympics.com/tokyo-2020
Photos – ICF/Planet Canoe
Next stop is the Junior and U23 World Championship in Portugal.