The 27-year-old Brazilian athlete was neck and neck with People’s Republic of China LIU Hao within the first quarter of the race but broke away within the last 250m and stormed to the finish line first at 4:04.408.
Liu came at the moment with a time of 4:05.724 behind Queiroz dos Santos. In the meantime, Republic of Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi came up from behind to surpass France’s Adrien Bart within the last moment to clinch bronze.
Queiroz dos Santos
Usually the first gold medal for Queiroz dos Santos who won three Olympic awards (two silvers and bronze) at his home games, five a long time prior in Rio.
“I feel like I have finally lifted the weight of the world from my back. That doesn’t cruel I feel pressure, but I felt an obligation to the don partners of Brazil to speak to our country. Now I feel way lighter,” the athlete said.
Queiroz dos Santos dove to the water after figuring it out he’d won the gold medal.
“In Rio de Janeiro I worked hard to get a medal but sadly I couldn’t choose the color so it was silver and bronze. This time I really wanted a better result, so I trained hard for that. I’m really happy with the result.
“Now I truly need to relax and have a few vacations but also get ready for sets. I need more medals. It truly feels good to be a medallist.”
Liu hao & Zheng Pengfei
Liu, who won a silver award within the men’s canoe double final Tuesday 3 August with Zheng, moreover celebrated today’s win by letting out a scream.
“I’m personally very excited to get this silver medal. It is very significant not only for me but for my team. We have been through so many tough moments in the past four and five years but we have stuck together and try to form it through. My team is always supporting me.”
And Liu is already looking far ahead at Paris 2024.
“This silver award will motivate the individuals back in China. We attempt to form another top for this wear and go once more in Paris in three years’ time,” the 27-year-old competitor said.