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Slovakia wins a pair of golds in canoe/kayak

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The Slovakian team of twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner won a gold medal in the canoe double competition Friday at the Beijing Olympics, earning their third straight Olympic gold in the event.

Slovakia also earned a gold medal in the women's kayak single, as Elena Kaliska dominated the field on the final day of action in the slalom category of canoe/kayak. Events in the flatwater division will take place next week.

"It's a happy time for my country," said Kaliska.

The Hochschorners finished with a combined time of 190.82 seconds after their semifinal and final runs. The men's semifinals were completed on Thursday before the events were postponed due to inclement weather. The Slovakians were second after Thursday's round, but would have been first if not for a two- second penalty.

The Czech duo of Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek took silver, finishing 2.07 seconds behind the Hochschorners. Russian's Mikhail Kuznetsov and Dmitry Larionov earned bronze with a time of 197.37.

Kaliska, who also won this event in Athens, completed her semifinal and final runs with a total time of 192.64 seconds. Australia's Jacqueline Lawrence took the silver, but finished 14.30 seconds behind Kaliska.

Violetta Oblinger Peters of Austria earned the bronze with a time of 214.77.

Heather Corrie of the United States placed eighth out of 10 finalists with a time of 270.88.

08/15 05:42:16 ET