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German Team Increases Olympic Medal Count

With just two days of Olympic competition left, the German medal tally has risen to 36. Thanks to a lot of hard-working rowers and one woman who came through with a lot of fancy sword work in the modern pentathlon.

Lena Schoeneborn carries a German flag after winning the modern pentathlon.

Germany's Lena Schoeneborn won the women's modern pentathlon

Germany's Lena Schoeneborn on Friday won the women's modern pentathlon at the Beijing Olympics after setting an Olympic record in the fencing portion. Schoneborn took the gold with 5,792 points, beating Briton Heather Fell by 40 points.

The modern pentathlon consists of five different disciplines - shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running. Schoeneborn was particularly outstanding in the fencing, where she won 28 out of her 35 bouts to a total of 1,072 points.

Lena Schoeneborn dressed in fencing gear and sparring off against an opponent.

Schoeneborn's fencing gave her a 19 second lead

Going into the final run, where athletes start according to their points position, the German had a 19 second lead on Fell and although the Briton managed to make up some ground, she could not catch the 22-year-old.

"The fencing was the foundation. During the run I had good speed and a good lead. I knew that I was going to win a medal, but I also knew that the ones chasing me where very good," Schoeneborn said.

Gold on the water

Germany's Andreas Ihle, left, and Martin Hollstein, right, celebrate after winning the kayak double K2 1000M men final race at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Germany's Ihle, left, and Hollstein also took home gold

The other two gold medals taken home by German athletes were won on the water. The German four of Fanny Fischer, Nicole Reinhardt, Katrin Wagner-Augustin and Conny Wasmuth clinched the women's K4 over 500 meters. It was the fourth Olympic gold medal for Wagner-Augustin, who won gold in Athens in the K4 and in the K2 and K4 in Sydney, while Fischer followed a family tradition, as her mother Sarina Huelsenbeck won two gold medals at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow as part of the East German swimming relay team.

"We won easily, that was just incredible," said Wagner-Augustin, while Wasmuth, who got a chance to compete in place of Carolin Leonhardt, who had to withdraw ill, said that she could not believe it.

The Germans won in a time of 1:32.231, beating Hungary by 0.740 seconds.

Germany added a second gold as Andreas Ihle and Martin Hollstein won the K2, beating Kim Wraae Knudsen and Rene Holten Poulsen from Denmark.

The stress of winning silver

Thomasz Wylenzek and Christian Gille compete in the men's 1000 meter double canoe race.

Wylenzek, rear, fainted and was taken to hospital

Olympic canoeist Thomasz Wylenzek fainted after winning the silver medal with his German partner in the 1,000-meter canoe double race and is being treated for dehydration at hospital. Wylenzek is listed in stable condition Friday. International Canoe Federation spokesman Dave Macleod says he has been given intravenous fluids.

Wylenzek's partner, Christian Gille, says his teammate fainted because of the heat. The pair led almost the entire way until Belarus edged their canoe by a nose and they settled for silver in 3 minutes, 36.588 seconds.

German rowers also walked away with a bronze medal today when the foursome of Lutz Altepost, Norman Brockl, Torsten Eckbrett and Bjorn Goldschmidt came in third in the men's 1,000-meter kayak four.

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