Lisa Carrington is New Zealand’s greatest ever Olympian after third Tokyo gold

Lisa Carrington has become New Zealand’s greatest ever Olympian after winning her third gold medal of the Tokyo Games with victory in the women’s kayak single 500m.

Carrington now has six medals which takes her past the five won by fellow kayakers Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald, and equestrian star Sir Mark Todd.

She powered to victory in hot and breezy conditions at the Sea Forest Waterway on Thursday, beating Hungary’s Tamara Csipes in second and Denmark’s Emma Jorgensen in third.

New Zealand’s sport and recreation minister, Grant Robertson, congratulated Lisa Carrington on her performance at the Games.

“Lisa is a phenomenal athlete. To win the K1 200m three Olympics in a row, and to add both the K2 500 gold with Caitlin Regal earlier this week and the K1 500 gold today is an exceptional effort,” he said.

“She is tough, resilient and remarkable, and deservedly the most decorated New Zealand Olympian.”

Five of Carrington’s six-medal haul are golds, including victories in the K1 200m kayak in 2012, 2016 and Tokyo. She also won the K1 500m singles last week, along with the K2 500m with Caitlin Regal. She won a bronze in the K1 500m at the Rio Games in 2016.

She could take her tally to four golds at the Tokyo Games when she races in the K4 500m competition on Saturday.