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Estanguet retains canoeing title

August 18, 2004 18:14 IST

Frenchman Tony Estanguet successfully defended his Olympic title in the canoeing slalom on Wednesday, beating Slovakia's Michal Martikan to the gold medal in Athens.

The result was a repeat of the Sydney Games four years ago when the 25-year-old Estanguet also relegated arch-rival Martikan to the silver medal.

Martikan had won gold at the 1996 Olympic, ahead of Estanguet's elder brother Patrice, who took the bronze in Atlanta.

"It's fantastic. I dreamed of being a double Olympic champion," said Tony, who paid tribute to Martikan.

"We both took an awful lot of risks. We were on a razor's edge and I too could have cut myself."

Germany's Stefan Pfannmoeller took the bronze medal.

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