Ukraine wins gold in 500-meter kayak single

Aug. 23, 2008, 4:39 a.m. (ET)

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP) Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine won the gold medal in women's 500-meter kayak single Saturday, just nipping Italy in a tight finish.

Osypenko-Radomska won in 1 minute, 50.673 seconds. Josefa Idem of Italy was right behind with the silver medal in 1:50.677.

Both women sat in their kayaks past the finish line for nearly as long as the race before Osypenko-Radomska's name was flashed on the scoreboard as the winner.

Germany's Katrin Wagner-Augustin won bronze in 1:51.022.

Idem won a medal 24 years after she was a bronze medalist in the 500 K-2 in Los Angeles. She also has a gold and silver medal in the K-1.