In the men’s 1000-metre kayak, Spain’s Marcus Walz, claimed gold in 3:31.447, finishing ahead of the Czech Republic’s Josef Dostál. Russia’s Roman Anoshkin, was third.
Walz, who didn’t appear to be in contention at the halfway point, and was over two seconds behind the leader at the 250m mark, but he motored forward to take the lead in the final seconds.
“Just incredible, I just trained harder and harder these past months and I can’t even believe it. This is incredible. I feel great, incredible,” said Walz.
“In this final, it was completely difficult to be good because we had very big names who ended without medals,” said Dostal, who won bronze in the men’s K-4 1000m at London 2012.