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Carrington heads to another Games final

Lisa Carrington will have the chance to become New Zealand’s most successful Olympian of all time this afternoon.

Carrington put in another impressive performance in the K1 500m semi-finals, taking first place to advance to the final later this afternoon.

The two-time Tokyo gold medalist once again escaped blocks and didn’t appear to get caught, finishing in 1: 51.680 to claim the fastest time of the four semi-finals with more than a second .

She beat Australian Alyce Wood and Serbian Milicia Novakovic.

Carrington became one of New Zealand’s most prolific Olympians on Monday, winning two gold medals in the K1 200m and K2 500m, equaling fellow kayakers Ian Ferguson (four gold, one silver) and Paul MacDonald (three gold, one silver, one bronze), and equestrian Mark Todd (two gold, three bronze). His four gold medals are only matched by Ferguson.

Another medal would put her atop New Zealand’s all-time medalist and make a solid claim as the nation’s greatest Olympian.

Her teammate Caitlin Regal narrowly missed the final of the previous semi-final, finishing third.

Regal, who won gold in the K2 500m alongside Carrington on Monday, rushed out of the blocks to take the lead early but was quickly passed by Hungarian Tamara Csipes.

She still looked good to claim second place in qualifying, but was edged out at the line by Belgian Hermien Peters.

Carrington will be hoping to make history in the final at 3:29 p.m. today, while Regal will make the B final.

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