Spain pair wins gold in 500-meter kayak double

Aug. 23, 2008, 4:54 a.m. (ET)

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP) Saul Craviotto and Carlos Perez of Spain have won the gold medal in men's 500-meter kayak double, slipping past the defending Olympic champions for the victory.

Craviotto and Perez won Saturday in 1 minute, 28.736 seconds, pumping their fists and yelling in celebration as they crossed the line.

Ronald Rauhe and Tim Wieskotter of Germany won the silver medal in 1:28.827. They won gold four years ago in Athens. This time, the pair that have been world champions since 2001 sat in their kayaks stunned and with their heads down.

Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus took bronze in 1:300.005.