Runner-Up No More: Hungary Finds Women’s K4 500m Victory at Last
Germany has long a history of kayaking dominance and has claimed top honors at every Games since Atlanta in 1996, but on Day 12 of the London Games, the Hungarian women’s K4 500m team showed up to the Windsor course prepared to make their own play for the top podium spot.
The German and Belarus crews shot out of the blocks first with Belarus setting a blistering pace for the entire pack. While Belarus led for most of the race the Hungarian surge would prove to be enough to overtake the lead and win the race in 1:30.827 seconds. Germany crossed the finish fractions of a second later with a final time of 1:31.298 and would be followed by Belarus who hung on for third with a time of 1:31.400.
After finishing as the runner-up in three previous Games, Hungary’s Katalin Kovacs said, "I cannot tell you how happy I am. It’s an incredible feeling when something you planned comes true.”