Ukraine's Cheban wins gold in C1 200

Yuri Cheban of Ukraine won gold in the inaugural men's 200m C1 at the Olympic canoe sprint regatta on Saturday, adding to the world title he captured in 2009.

Cheban made a great start and held firm to cross the line in 42.291 seconds at Dorney Lake, just ahead of Jevgenij Shuklin of Lithuania. Ivan Shtyl of Russia took the bronze.

Cheban became the first person to win the C1 200m title at a summer games, with the distance new to the Olympic program replacing the 500m.

It's the second Olympic medal for the 26-year-old Ukrainian, who won bronze in the discontinued 500m C1 at the Beijing Games in 2008.

The final was held without reigning world and European champion Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan, who didn't make it out of his heat.