Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Australia's Ken Wallace earned his second medal of the Beijing Olympics, winning gold in the men's kayak single 500 meters race on the final day of flatwater canoe/kayak competition.
Wallace, who won bronze Friday in the 1,000 meters, finished the shorter race in 1 minute, 37.252 seconds. Canada's Adam van Koeverden broke his own world record at this distance in qualifying earlier this week, but had to settle for silver after taking gold four years ago in Athens.
Van Koeverden led for most of the race and was just .378 seconds behind Wallace at the finish. Great Britain's Tim Brabants, who won gold in the 1,000m, crossed the line just .041 seconds in back of the Canadian.
The silver was the lone medal for van Koeverden after finishing a disappointing eighth in the 1,000. He was considered to be a gold medal favorite in both events.
"I think this is a testament to my good fortune, as I have not dealt with failure before," said van Koeverden. "In the last 24 hours, I have certainly been dealing with it."
Also, in a major upset, the German duo of Ronald Rauhe and Tim Wieskotter lost their first men's kayak double 500 meter race since 2001. Spain's Saul Craviotto and Carlos won the gold, defeating the Germans by just .091 seconds.
Craviotto and Perez held a big lead, more than a boat length, before the Germans closed the gap quickly. However, the slow start doomed Rauhe and Wieskotter to silver after winning gold in Athens and a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games.
"What can I say, it has been eight years at the top. It wasn't going to last forever," said Rauhe.
Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus came away with the bronze.
Maxim Opalev of Russia won his first gold medal by taking the men's canoe single 500m with a time of 1:47.140. Opalev won a silver at this distance in Sydney in 2000 and bronze four years ago in Athens.
Spain's David Cal claimed silver and Iurii Cheban of the Ukraine picked up the bronze. Cal won his second silver in Beijing after finishing second in the 1,000m.
Gold in the women's kayak single 500m was decided by a mere fraction of a second, as Inna Osypenko-Radomska of the Ukraine finished in 1:50.673 -- just .004 seconds ahead of Italy's Josefa Idem. Germany's Katrin Wagner-Augustin was only .349 seconds behind the Ukrainian, but had to settle for a bronze.
Katalin Kovacs of Hungary finished fourth in the single, but she did win gold as part of the Hungarian's kayak double 500m team. She and Natasa Janic defended their gold medal from Athens with a winning time of 1:41.308 to defeat Poland's Beata Mikolajczyk and Aneta Konieczna.
Marie Delattre and Anne-Laure Viard of France took the bronze.
China claimed gold in the men's canoe double 500m as Meng Guanliand and Yang Wenjun finished just .0257 seconds ahead of Russia's Sergey Ulegin and Alexander Kostoglod. Germans Christian Gille and Thomasz Wylenzek picked up a bronze.
08/23 06:02:27 ET