Lisa Carrington's claimed New Zealand's fifth gold medal of the London Olympics with victory in the K1 200.
Carrington's surged through the field in the final 100 metres to head off Ukraine's Inna Osypenko-Radomska by less than half a second, in a time of 44.638 seconds.
The 23-year-old's parents, Glynis and Pat, are at the Games to support her. Lisa Carringtons father says before the race she was nervous, and felt there was an expectation.
"She looked good and knew she'd do well," he says.
She’s joined the likes of Picton’s Joseph Sullivan and Kawerau’s Sarah Walker to boost New Zealand’s medal tally to a record-equalling 13.
Carrington says she can’t explain why the small town athletes are performing so well.
"I don't know, I guess we're just so determined. We know what we want and we go for it."
The woman touted as her main rival before the race, Hungary's Natasa Douchev-Janics could only manage bronze.
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