Australia overtakes Great Britain on the medal tally with a gold medal in a thrilling K2 canoe sprint

Australia wins gold in thrilling canoe sprint to head off Germany and overtake Britain on the medal tally

  • Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen triumphant in men’s K2 1000 final
  • Finished just ahead of Germany in an epic final from start to finish in Tokyo

Australia has overtaken Britain on the Olympic medal tally after a gold medal in a thrilling canoe sprint final where they knocked out Germany by a nose.

Paddlers Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen won the final of the K2 in the 1000 meters with the smallest margins.

The 22-year-olds had never competed internationally together before and stunned the Tokyo Games final field, which included German world champions Max Hoff and Jacob Schopf.

Australia’s Jean van der Westhuyzen and Thomas Green celebrate after winning gold in the K2 1000m final in Tokyo

It is Australia’s first gold in the event, won over the Rio bronze by three-time medalist Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame.

It was also Australia’s 16th gold medal in Tokyo, with only China, the US and host country Japan outperforming.

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