Carrington joins London's Famous Five

It took a less than a minute for Lisa Carrington to write her name into Olympic history.

She become part of New Zealand's Famous Five at the London Games by powering to victory in the women's K1 200m final on day 15.

She went into the race, making its debut at the Olympics, as world champion and proved her class on Eton Dorney to join rowers Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan as gold medallists on the water in Buckinghamshire.

It has been the happiest of hunting grounds for New Zealand at these Olympics, only the 470 pair of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won gold anywhere other than on Lake Dorney.

The 23-year-old former surf lifesaver also brought up New Zealand's 13th medal at London, matching the previous best from Seoul in 1988.

There were hopes javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar might be able to surpass that mark after taking the third best qualifying throw into Saturday's final.

After two disappointing throws below 80 metres he briefly snuck into the eighth and last qualifying spot for the final three throws only to be bumped out by Germany's Tino Haber.

With him went the last chance to better Seoul's mark - no more Kiwi competitors will be in action until Rio rolls around in 2016.

Earlier in the day on The Mall Quentin Rew shattered his personal best in the 50km walk by more than three minutes to finish 30th in the arduous event.

Whakatane mother of two Karen Hanlen was left a little frustrated after a puncture on the penultimate lap cost her the chance of a top-10 finish in the mountain bike cross-country at Hadleigh Farm.

At 32 she is already has her eyes on Rio as have the rest of the country.

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