A day before the end of the Tokyo Olympics, the German team can celebrate its 10th gold medal. The quad kayak lives up to its role as an advantage, but in Canada there is no precious metal it was hoping for.
At the end of the Olympic canoe competitions, the German four-man canoe won the gold and achieved a somewhat restorative Olympic final for the canoeists who used to be successful. Max Rendschmidt, Ronald Rauh, Tom Liebcher and Max Lemke triumphed on Saturday and won only their third regatta medal at the Tokyo Games – the goal was six to seven. For the first time in a long time, women failed to make it onto the podium.
Canadian duo Lisa Jean and Sophie Koch finished fourth at the Olympics. The duo from Berlin and Karlsruhe had to tow boats from China, Ukraine and Canada for 500 meters on Saturday. 27-year-old Lisa Jean and 23-year-old Sophie Koch were 0.902 seconds away from the bronze.
In the single canoeing, German canoeers at the Olympics did not receive a medal. In the Olympic win for Brazil’s Izequias Queiroz dos Santos on Saturday, Konrad Schebner finished sixth with a 9.317 seconds lead. Three-time Olympic champion Sebastian Brendel did not reach the medal final in Tokyo.
Milat Kejeta missed Germany’s first marathon medal win at the Olympics in 33 years. The 28-year-old World Half Marathon runner-up from the Castle Running Team crossed the finish line in sixth place in Sapporo in 2:29:16 hours. Kenya celebrated a double success. The world half-marathon champion Pierce Jepchercher won a time of 2:27:20 and won the duel with world record holder Brigid Kosgei, who needed only 16 seconds for the 42.195 kilometer run. Molly Seidel of the United States took the bronze.
Diver Timo Barthel was eliminated from the tower in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. The 25-year-old finished 17th on Saturday morning (local time) at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. The top twelve qualified for the final (8am CEST). Barthel received 364.50 points for his six jumps from ten metres. The athlete from Halle/Saale is participating in the Olympics for the first time. The second German, 16-year-old Jaden Eckermann of Aachen, was eliminated from the preliminary competition. China’s Cao Yuan secured victory in the semi-finals with 513.70 points.