The Australian men’s kayak sprint team of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart (Old Boy 2004) and Jacob Clear have paddled the perfect race to win gold in the K4 1000m at Eton Dorney early on Day 13.
The Australian K4 started the best out of all eight crews when racing got underway and had a slight lead after 100m. They had a narrow lead at the 250 mark, 0.46 seconds ahead of Hungary.
At the halfway mark the Hungarian crew stroked by Zoltan Kammerer had narrowed the margin to 0.09s.
Tate Smith continued to set a fantastic rhythm in the Australian boat and the power coming from David Smith (no relation), Stewart and Clear had the green and gold boat pulling away.
With 250 metres to paddle Australia led Hungary by 0.61 seconds with Slovakia in third. The German World Champion crew were in seventh.
The Australians were able to look around before crossing the finish and the emotional celebrations began. The Smiths and Clear were pumping the air with paddles in hand while Stewart looked shocked and relieved.
Scots to the fore!