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First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother

A second gold medal was won for Spain on Thursday thanks to Maialen Chourraut in the women's kayak singles event.

First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother
Maialen Chourraut won gold in the kayak singles. Photo: AFP

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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WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need

Spanish figure skater Javier Fernandez delighted fans with a super hero routine at the Pyeongchang closing ceremony.

WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need
Javier Fernandez performs in the PyeongChang closing gala. Photos: AFP

The 26-year-old became a national hero when he scooped Bronze in the Men’s Single competition last week, becoming only the fourth ever Winter Olympic medallist for Spain.

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On Sunday, he performed in the Olympic winners closing exhibition entertaining fans with an aerobics-inspired routine accompanied by pop hits from the Eighties.

The hilarious routine began with the skater posing as an exercise instructor in sweat pants and a hoodie to a soundtrack of him speaking in English as he limbered up with stretches to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”.

He then whipped of his sweats to reveal a superhero outfit in the crimson and gold colours of Spain complete with shiny satin cape which billowed behind him as he flew around the rink to a soundtrack of  “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler, and “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner.

The athlete has hinted that this is likely to be his last Olympics.

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