Gold Coast paddler Ken Wallace has continued his dominance of world long-distance canoeing with a third World Cup gold medal in the gruelling 5000 metre event in Szeged, Hungary, on the weekend.
Wallace’s gold capped a strong weekend for the Australians, after the Olympic gold medalists, the men’s K4, won the 1000 metres event.
It was their first major International win since their gold in London in 2012.
And K4 crew member Murray Stewart was just pipped for a gold medal in the K1 1000, with Wallace rattling home to win bronze.
Wallace has been without peer in the 5000 metre event in recent years, winning gold at last year’s World Championships in Germany, and following it up with World Cup wins in Italy and the Czech Republic this year.
Unfortunately for Wallace, the 5000 metres is not an Olympic event. The event in which Wallace won gold in Beijing in 2008, the K1 500, is also no longer an Olympic event.