Congratulations Joe Clarke for the GB gold in kayak slalom. A great winner
He stormed to Team GB’s second gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following a sensational run in the final of the men’s K1 canoe slalom that simply overwhelmed his rivals.
The 23-year-old was considered an outside medal chance heading into the event but gave warning of what was to come after finishing third in the semi-final with a blistering display of power and control.
It was in the final where Clarke held nothing back and a faultless run and time of 88.53 seconds propelled him into the gold medal slot.
A medal was guaranteed with just two more athletes to go but neither Slovakia’s Peter Kauzer nor Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic could get ahead of the Brit.
Clarke’s gold is the first ever by a British athlete in the men’s K1 canoe slalom as well as the first medal in the event since Campbell Walsh took silver back at Athens 2004.
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) August 10, 2016
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