Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen won gold in the men's kayak (K1) 1000m final at Eton Dorney, taking the Olympic crown of Briton Tim Brabants.
Brabants had struggled with injury in the lead up to London 2012 and, after
scraping into the final,
"What a well executed race from Eirik Veras Larsen. He is renowned for coming through later in the race but he came through a bit quicker than I expected him to. An exceptionally controlled performance, he put all that experience from the previous 10-15 years behind him."
Adam van Koeverden of Canada set the early pace but could not hold on and had to settle for silver as Larsen produced a late surge to win the race.
Max Hoff, a pre-Games medal hope for Germany, took bronze.
"I'm really happy to have been in the final. I was pretty much outclassed in that race," said 35-year-old Brabants,
gold medallist in the event four years ago.
"I feel bad as there was lots of British support. This morning I felt good. I felt like I could be Olympic champion again so I'm sorry.
"It's been a fantastic build-up to these Games seeing how well we've done. I'm disappointed for my coach. It was a hard race, I felt like I wasn't in it from the start but there were better athletes on the day.
"I'm not done yet, you can't go out with an eighth place at the Olympics."