London, England (Sports Network) - Germany was the big winner in canoe sprint events on Wednesday with four medals, including a gold in the men's 1,000- meter canoe single.
Sebastian Brendel edged past Spain's David Cal Figueroa with a winning time of 3 minutes, 47.176 seconds. That was 0.877 ticks ahead of Cal Figueroa, the silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games and gold-medal winner in 2004, and gave the German his first Olympic medal.
"Yes, it was really perfect," Brendel said of his race. "I did my own race. I held my stroke rate like in training."
Mark Oldershaw of Canada took the bronze, finishing 1.326 seconds behind the winning pace.
Germany also grabbed a silver in the women's 500m kayak four, finishing a mere 0.471 seconds behind Hungary, which took gold in the race for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Games thanks to a time of 1:30.827. Belarus grabbed bronze in the event.
Hungary also claimed gold in the men's 1000m double kayak race, with the duo of Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny using a fast start to cross the finish line at 3:09.646. They narrowly edged Poland's Fernando Pimenta and Emanuel Silva by just 0.053 seconds.
Germany's Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle earned bronze, finishing 0.471 seconds behind the leaders as they failed to defend their Beijing gold medal.
Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen won the men's 1000m single kayak race, overtaking Canada's Adam van Koeverden, the 2011 world champion, to post a winning time of 3:26.462. Taking silver was van Koeverden, who finished 0.708 seconds behind Larsen.
Larsen regained the gold he had won at the 2004 Athens Games before getting a silver four years ago in Beijing.
"It was an amazing race, I started harder than normal and relaxed through the big middle section. I knew I had a good finish. This is a great result, it was a flashback to the '04 race," said Larsen.
Max Hoff of Germany earned the bronze, coming back from fifth place and posting the fastest time over the final 250 meters to notch a time of 3:27.759.
08/08 07:05:31 ET