Olympics canoeing: Yuri Cheban wins sprint gold for Ukraine

Yuri Cheban led from start to finish to win gold for Ukraine in the men's canoe single (C1) sprint over 200m.

Cheban, 26, began at pace and maintained his rhythm to seal victory by half a length in 42.291 seconds.

Lithuania's Jevgenij Shuklin took silver in 42.792secs and Russia's Ivan Shtyl secured bronze in 42.853secs.

Spain's Alfonso Benavides, who has back-to-back World Cup wins to his name this season, was fourth in a time of 43.038secs.

Cheban adds the gold medal to the bronze he won in the 500m sprint at Beijing.

In the B final, Republic of Ireland's Andrzej Jezierski, who won world titles for Poland before moving to Cork with his family, came out on top in 44.041secs.

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