TOKYO (AP) — Nevin Harrison saved her tears for the finish line, where they came pouring out over a golden smile.
The American teenager made women's Olympic history on Thursday when she surged over the back half of the first canoe 200 sprint final to overtake Laurence Vincent Lapointe of Canada for the gold medal.
Sometime before she races across Tokyo Bay, American teenager Nevin Harrison will likely paddle her canoe to a quiet spot and have a good cry.
Harrison’s pre-race tears are a pressure-valve release, meant to settle and refocus the 19-year-old before the start of a furious sprint of pain and muscle across 200 meters of water.
By The Associated Press (AP) — HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Hungary's Danuta Kozák was the star, winning gold in three of the four women’s competitions in the kayak single, pairs and four 500 meters. She was the first woman to win three kayak golds in a single Olympics.