Olympics: Australia paddle to kayak four gold

Updated: Aug 09, 2012, 16:43 PM IST

London: Last year`s World Championships silver medalists Australia narrowly claimed gold Thursday in a close-run Olympic men`s kayak four final.

The Australians held a quarter-length advantage for most of the race to cross the 1,000-metre line in two minutes, 55.08 seconds.

Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear regained a gold medal Australia last won 20 years ago in Barcelona.

The silver went to Sydney 2000 champions Hungary, who couldn`t make inroads on the Australians despite a late spurt to clock 2:55.69.

The Czech Republic snatched bronze from Beijing silver medalists Slovakia on the line in 2:55.85.