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Lisa Carrington of New Zealand triumphed in both women's kayak single 200m and double 500m as Serguey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Dayan Jorge Enriquez of Cuba won the men's canoe double 1,000m gold, followed by China's Liu Hao and Zheng Pengfei.

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Six-time world champion Lisa Carrington of New Zealand took commanding victories in both the women's kayak single 200m and double 500m to win her third and fourth Olympic golds here on Tuesday.

Back-to-back London and Rio champion Carrington crossed the line in 38.120 seconds in the women's kayak single 200m, ahead of Spain's Teresa Portela in 38.883 and Denmark's Emma Aastrand Jorgensen just 0.018 seconds further behind.

Only an hour later, 32-year-old Carrington featured in the kayak double 500m with Caitlin Regal. The duo finished the race in 1 minute and 35.785 seconds, setting a new Olympic record.

World silver medalists Karolina Naja and Anna Pulawska of Poland took silver in 1:36.753, beating reigning European champions Danuta Kozak and Dora Bodonyi of Hungary to third by 0.114 seconds.

"It is just unbelievable that we could do that. In training, you are working hard and you think, you know, you might have a chance but to put it together on the day is a special thing so we are so proud that we could do that," Carrington said after the kayak double 500m final.

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Serguey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Dayan Jorge Enriquez of Cuba won the men's canoe double 1,000m gold in 3:24.995, edging China's Liu Hao and Zheng Pengfei by 0.203 seconds.

The result also set a new Olympic best time, nearly two seconds faster than the record set by European champions Sebastian Brendel and Tim Hecker of Germany in the semifinals earlier on Tuesday. The German duo took the bronze in 3:25.615.

"I can't explain. I have been working for this the last 15 years, maybe more," said an emotional Madrigal.

"The gold medal in the Olympic Games, it is amazing," he added. "This is the first Olympic gold medal for Cuba [in canoe sprint], and I think for Latin America, so I am very proud."

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Liu and Zheng won China its third medal in canoe sprint after Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun snatched gold medals in the men's canoe double 500m in 2004 and 2008.

"We got second place, but actually, being athletes, we feel that everyone should get their own applause and their own flowers. We had a good result." said Liu.

Balint Kopasz and Adam Varga led a one-two finish for Hungary in the men's kayak single 1,000m final.

Reigning world champion Kopasz clocked 3:20.643 for the gold, lowering the Olympic best time set by Fernando Pimenta of Portugal in the semifinals. His compatriot Varga took silver in 3:22.431, edging Pimenta into third place by 0.047 seconds.

China's Zhang Dong finished sixth in 3:28.103, a breakthrough result for China in the event at an Olympic Games.

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