A thrilling hour at the Olympics for Australia and the Gold Coaster, with two locals bringing home gold medals!!!
We’ve just had Gold Coast kayakers Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen, who dominated the K1 1000 metres.
They lead the race from start to finish, easily keeping out Germany to cross the line first.
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Olympic GOLD 🥇 for Jean van der Westhuyzen and Tom Green in the men’s K2 1000m Final! 🇦🇺👏
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) August 5, 2021
Not even half an hour later, Gold Coast skateboarder Keegan Palmer nabbed the first-ever gold medal for park skateboarding at the Olympics.
The Currumbin 18-year-old surged to the front with a score of 94.04 in his first run, which no one was able to best – except himself.
He came back with a thrilling third run, putting a cool 95.83 on board.
The commentators were breathless. Go the Gold Coast. Go the Aussies!
Throwback to 2015 @MayorTomTate and a young @keegan__palmer visiting the Gold Coast!@Keegan_palmer etched his name into the history books today as the first Men's Skateboarding Park Olympic Champion 👏👏#TokyoTogether #skateboarding #goldcoast #olympics @SkateAustralia #haveago pic.twitter.com/OI5HMRleGX
— City of Gold Coast (@cityofgoldcoast) August 5, 2021
Australia’s medal tally now sits at 17 gold, 4 silver and 17 bronze.