Source: Xinhua

08-12-2008 21:24

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Slovakia and Germany took the Olympic canoeing slalom C1 and K1 titles respectively on Tuesday in Beijing, extending Europeans' domination in the white water canoeing events.

Alexander Grimm of Germany paddles during the men's kayak(K1) final of Olympic canoe/kayak slalom competition, in the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008. Grimm claimed the title in this event.(Xinhua Photo)

Alexander Grimm of Germany paddles 
during the men's kayak(K1) final of 
Olympic canoe/kayak slalom 
competition, in the Shunyi 
Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing, 
China, Aug. 12, 2008. Grimm claimed 
the title in this event.(Xinhua 

Michal Martikan of Slovakia regained the C1 title, 12 years after he won the C1 gold in Atlanta when he was only 17. Alexander Grimm of Germany won the K1 gold. Both were the first gold medals for the their countries at the Beijing Games.

In the C1 event, David Florence of Britain took silver and Robin Bell of Australia bronze. In the K1, Fabien Lefevre of France won the silver and Benjamin Boukpeti of Togo grabbed the bronze, the first ever Olympic medal for the western African country.

Chinese canoeist Feng Liming finished 11th among 12 athletes in the semifinal and failed to be among the top 8 to earn him a slot in the final.