23-YEAR-OLD Kayaker Lisa Carrington has won New Zealand’s fifth Olympic gold medal, blitzing the field to win the women’s K1 200m title.
Her win brought New Zealand level with its best-ever Olympic medal tally, and gave her a place in history as the first ever winner of the event.
Carrington looked relaxed before setting off, but got off to a slow start, running third early on behind Poland and Ukraine.
At the halfway mark however she started fighting back, and with 50m left there was no catching the 2011 World Champion.
In the end Carrington’s final 100m was so powerful she won by almost half a boat length in 44.638.
It cemented her recent dominance of the class, with the Tauranga-born paddler setting an Olympic record in the semifinal.
Her medal makes London 2012 New Zealand’s best Olympics since eight golds were won in Los Angeles in 1984, and the total of 13 brings it level with the previous best mark of 13 at Seoul in 1988.