Ken Wallace has won gold in the mens K1 500 final in Racice, Czech Republic today, making it back to back K1 500 Gold medals after victory in Szeged, Hungary a week ago.
Wallace lead the final from start to finish, setting up the win on the back of a great opening 250 metres and was never headed, winning in 1:44.01.
Denmark’s Rene Holten Poulsen finished second, 0.76 seconds behind Wallace, with Czech paddler Josef Dostal winning the bronze in front of his home crowd.
Competing in his first ICF World Cup A final, ‘Aussies’ single surf ski champion Lachlan Tame got off to a great start, second to Wallace at the half way point, before tapering off to finish seventh, 5.10 seconds behind Wallace.
Tame also finished ninth in the men’s K1 200 C final.
It brings Australia’s medal tally to three at the second World Cup, after Wallace won bronze in the men’s K1 1000 yesterday, while younger sister Bernadette combined with Naomi Flood to win gold in the women’s K2 1000 overnight.
The victory for Wallace continued his stellar start to 2013 which began at Nationals earlier in the year when he reclaimed his mantle as the nation’s top men’s K1 paddler, after a hard fought victory over long term rival Murray Stewart.
In other action in Racice this morning, Flood and Wallace could not repeat their K2 heroics of yesterday, finishing eighth in the women’s K2 200 A final.
The pair finished 2.13 seconds behind Serbian sisters’ Nikolina and Olivera Moldovan.
The men’s and women’s gruelling K1 5000 events will be contested shortly, with the Australian quartet eager to add to the three medals already won at the second World Cup.
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