Australia’s Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame have won gold in the men’s K2 500 final at the sprint canoe world championships in Milan, 24 hours after winning silver in the K2 1000.
And Australia’s K4 1000 team, the Olympic gold medallist from London 2012, have finished a close fourth in their final as they trial a new line-up ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics.
Wallace and Tame paddled a perfect race in their final, a non-Olympic event, sitting third at the halfway stage before powering home over the 500 metres to win gold.
They finished in a time of 1:29:216, 0.788 seconds ahead of Spain in second and Hungary in third.
Wallace won gold in the K1 500 in Beijing in 2008, the last time the event was held at the Olympics.
On Saturday Wallace and Tame started their medal haul with silver in the K2 1000, and in doing so qualified their boat for next year’s Olympics.
Just two of the members of the K4 team that won gold in London were in the boat in Milan, with U23 championship K2 1000 gold medallists Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood replacing Murray Stewart and Tate Smith.
By making the final Australia is guaranteed a chance to defend their gold medal next year, with places in the boat expected to be hotly contested in the Olympics lead-up.
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