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Maialen Chourraut, Olympic legend

In a spectacular final, the Spanish UCAM canoeist wins silver, her third Olympic medal after gold in Rio and bronze in London.

In a spectacular final, the Spanish UCAM canoeist wins silver, her third Olympic medal after gold in Rio and bronze in London.
In a spectacular final, the Spanish UCAM canoeist wins silver, her third Olympic medal after gold in Rio and bronze in London.

Wed, 28/07/2021 - 14:25

Maialen Chourraut becomes part of the legend of Spanish sport after winning her third Olympic medal. She won bronze in London 12, gold in Rio 16 and in Tokyo 20 she has conquered the only metal that was missing in her collection: silver. She did not get through to the final among the favourites, although the previous two Olympic events had already warned her rivals. Maialen always stands out in the finals. And so it happened. 

With a spectacular descent, with hardly any mistakes and an amazing finish, getting more than four seconds ahead of the one who was leading until that moment, the Polish Klaudia Zwolinska, the UCAM canoeist was in the lead when there were still six rivals to participate, theoretically stronger. Only the German Ricarda Funk was able to improve the time of the Basque. The great favourite, the Australian Jessica Fox, made two mistakes that penalised her with four seconds, leaving her in third place, and the rest of the competitors were unable to improve Maialen’s time. 

With this metal, Maialen completes a collection of three medals (gold, silver and bronze) only three Spanish athletes have won so far: Saúl Craviotto, Mireia Belmonte and Lydia Valentín.