Belarusian crew wins 1,000-meter kayak four

Aug. 22, 2008, 5:46 a.m. (ET)

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP) Belarus has won the gold medal in men's 1,000-meter kayak four, the second straight first-place finish for the country on flatwater.

The foursome of Raman Piatrushenka, Aliaksei Abalmasau, Artur Litvinchuk and Vadzim Makhneu won the Olympic gold medal in 2 minutes, 7.14 seconds on Friday.

Their victory followed a win by Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich in the previous event in the 1,000-meter canoe double.

The Slovakian crew of Richard and Michal Riszdorfer, Erik Vlcek and Juraj Tarr won silver in 2:46.593.

Lutz Altepost, Norman Brockl, Torsten Eckbrett and Bjorn Goldschmidt of Germany took bronze in 2:56.676.