Bay of Plenty’s golden girl Lisa Carrington has become New Zealand’s most successful Olympian of all time after claiming the K1 500m title in Tokyo.
The Ohope paddler won her third Olympic gold of these games in a time of 1:51:216 to claim the accolade.
Lisa Carrington has just become New Zealand’s most decorated Olympian of all time after winning GOLD in the women’s K1-500.— The New Zealand Team (@TheNZTeam) August 5, 2021
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She had already claimed the K1 200 and K2 500m titles in the space of an hour on Tuesday.
Carrington has now won five Olympic gold medals and one bronze making her the most prolific New Zealander in Olympic history.
The 32-year-old Carrington will be going for another medal in the K4 event from tomorrow.
The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has congratulated Carrington on her incredible achievement.
“Not only is she a remarkable athlete, but she’s also a well-rounded, humble and kind person," says Robertson.
"She is rightly celebrated for her discipline and work ethic, as well as her integrity and showing her appreciation for the people who have helped her along the way. New Zealand is so very proud of her achievements.”