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Carrington and Ryan dominate in successful day for Kiwi crews

Author -  Karen Simpson

On a jam-packed schedule on day two of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal all five New Zealand boats successfully advanced to the next stanza.

Carrington and Ryan dominate in successful day for Kiwi crews

On a jam-packed schedule on day two of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal all five New Zealand boats successfully advanced to the next stanza.

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On a jam-packed schedule on day two of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal all five New Zealand boats successfully advanced to the next stanza.

Leading the way was seven-time world champion and double Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington, who produced a controlled performance to win heat two of the women’s K1 500m in 1:53.239 and progress into tomorrow’s semi-final.

The 29-year-old Kiwi qualified sixth fastest overall, before returning to the water just over an hour later to kick-start the defence of her world title with Caitlin Ryan in the women’s K2 500m.

The Kiwi duo oozed class to comfortably win their heat in 1:39.262, 1.085 clear of Olympic champions Hungary - comprising five-time Olympic champion Danuta Kozak and Anna Karasz - to top the qualifiers leading into Sunday’s final at 12.04am.

“It is so exciting to race her (Kozak) and Anna, we just really wanted to make top three, so we didn’t have to go through a semi-final,” explains Carrington. “We’ve got a busy weekend, so where we can we want to cut the (number of) races (we have to compete in) down. We are pretty happy.”

fisher_imrie_montemor.JPGIn the women’s K2 200m the relatively new Kiwi combination of Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher impressed by qualifying second fastest into Saturday’s A final. The duo, who both featured as part of the Kiwi K4 500m World Championship bronze medal-winning crew last year, were locked in a titanic scrap with the German crew of Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze. Drawn in lane nine the New Zealand were undaunted and clocked a time of 38.244 to finish just 0.010 behind the Germans.  With just over a tenth of a second separating the top four crews in qualification, the final, which takes place at 11.44pm on Saturday night, is shaping up to be one of most compelling races of the regatta.

On her open worlds debut, New Zealander Rebecca Cole produced a rock solid effort to finish third in her heat of the women’s K1 1000m, clocking a time of 4:16.869. Cole finished eighth quickest overall to advance into tonight’s semi-finals at 10.35pm.

The other Kiwi in action today, Quaid Thompson, placed seventh in his heat of the K1 1000m in a time of 3:38.455. Aged just 20, the Gisborne-based paddler, making his first appearance at an open World Championships, did enough to progress to the semi-finals on Saturday (8.51pm) on next best time.

Later tonight, Scott Martlew will bid to become only the second New Zealand Para-canoeist since George Thomas seven years ago to win a World Championship medal as he lines up in the KL2 200m final at 9.21pm. The Christchurch-based paddler qualified second fastest into the medal race behind the reigning world and Paralympic champion Curtis McGrath of Australia.

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Photos courtesy of Balint Vekassy

 

Carrington and Ryan dominate in successful day for Kiwi crews

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