Olympics canoeing: Daniele Molmenti wins gold in K1 kayak

Daniele Molmenti

Italian powerhouse Daniele Molmenti claimed gold in the men's K1 kayak canoe slalom final at Lee Valley.

Molmenti was more than a second ahead of silver medalist Vavrinec Hradilek, of the Czech Republic, with Germany's Hannes Aigner third.

Great Britain's Richard Hounslow went out in the semi-finals, failing to make the top 10 who challenged for a medal.

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Olympic kayak: Richard Hounslow fails to make K1 final

"I'm very disappointed, it just feels like an opportunity missed. I'm gutted really," said the 30-year-old Briton.

"The nature of the sport is very unpredictable but the top guys keep performing.

"I am gutted that I couldn't put a performance that the crowd could be proud of.

"Anything can happen in the final, I could have got into the medals."

Hounslow will compete with David Florence, who failed to make the C1 final, in the canoe double semi-finals on Thursday.

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Molmenti ITA 93.43 pts
2 Hradilek CZE 94.78 pts
3 Aigner GER 94.92 pts