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First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother

First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother
Maialen Chourraut won gold in the kayak singles. Photo: AFP
A second gold medal was won for Spain on Thursday thanks to Maialen Chourraut in the women's kayak singles event.

With a time of 1:38.65 the kayaker from San Sebastián beat New Zealand's Luuka Jones and Australia's Jessica Fox into first place.

She secured Spain's first ever kayaking medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when she won bronze.

And made history again by becoming the first Spaniard to ever win an Olympic medal after becoming a mother.

The kayaker’s daughter Ane, who was born in 2013, was in the stands to watch her mother paddle to Olympic glory. Chourraut later tweeted a photo of the pair of them after the race.

Chourraut’s victory came a day after another Spanish woman became Spain’s first gold winner at the Rio de Janeiro games when Mireia Belmonte's won gold in the 200m butterfly event for swimming.

 


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