UPDATE: THE Australian pairing of Martin Marinov and Kingsley’s Ferenc Szekszardi finished second from three teams in the 1000m canoe double consolation final on Saturday night.
The team completed the run in 4.10.23, which was faster than their semi final effort, but not as quick as the 4.07.37 they achieved in the heat.
Winner of the consolation final Poland finished in 3.52.96 with Mozambique third in 4.38.73.
The gold medal went to Germany, which clocked 3.43.91.
FRIDAY: IT was the Hungarian-born floorer from Kingsley teamed up with a former Mr Bulgaria to represent Australia in Olympic canoeing.
The pairing of local business owner Ferenc Szekszardi, who moved to Australia when he was 24, and Martin Marinov, an Olympic medallist for Bulgaria at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympics, had Australia not only compete in the heat stages of the 1000m double canoe but contest the semi finals as well.
All participants in the preliminary rounds went through to the semi finals, with the two fastest teams, Germany and Brazil, going straight through to the final.
And while the Australians were clearly outdone by their opponents, they were cheered on heartily as they finished the semi finals in last place racing at 4.13.75 compared with winner Cuba’s 3.40.19.
The result had the duo miss the final, with Australia ranked eighth from nine countries.
Mozambique formed the tail at 4.23.96.
The Australian racers, who are national champions in the event, produced a better effort in their heat, coming in at 4.07.37, claiming eighth from 11 overall.
Australia will compete in a consolation contest beginning 8.14pm (WST) tonight.