Carrington and Thompson impress at Blue Lake

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Lisa Carrington & Alicia Hoskin 

Lisa Carrington today secured all three 500m titles at a sun-kissed Blue Lake 2 to add to the three 200m gold medals she snared yesterday to complete a perfect weekend of action.

In the most eagerly anticipated race of the weekend, Carrington secured a close-fought win in a world-class open women’s K1 500m final – stopping the clock in 1:54:60.

Caitlin Ryan, who set a world best time for the distance in Szeged in May, further reinforced New Zealand’s embarrassment of riches in this event to take second in 1:55.60. Meanwhile, Aimee Fisher (Hawkes Bay) also produced a quality performance to place third in 1:56.60.

Rebecca Cole of Waitara secured an encouraging fourth in 2:02.90.

Carrington then teamed up with rising teenage star Alicia Hoskin in the open women’s K1 500m (1:55.60) and just like in yesterday’s K1 200m final the Poverty Bay combination crossed the line first.

It was however, no straight-forward win as the North Shore duo of Caitlin Ryan and Briar McLeely finished just 0.20secs adrift in second with Aimee Fisher and Lucy Matehaere (Otago) rounding out the podium in 1:59.40.

The double Olympic champion completed a perfect six from six record over the weekend to cruise to a routine victory in the K4 500m alongside Aimee Fisher, Rebecca Cole and Lucy Matehaere for the Otago Kayak Club.

“The K1 500m is always a weight on the shoulders and everyone gets quite nervous for that race because we all want to perform,” explains Carrington.

“Overall, I’ve still got a bit to work on to gain more confidence. It is always nice to expose yourself to these situations physically and mentally. It is the beginning of the season and although we are fit and strong it is a real reminder that when we perform in big events we need to be well prepared.”

Quaid Thompson was the dominant elite male kayaker on Lake Tikitapu claiming an eye-catching K1 1000m and 5km double.

Thompson, who placed fourth in the K1 1000m at the World U23 Championships in August, hit the front at the 100m and delivered a comprehensive win in a time of 3:53.80.

Behind, Max Brown (Whanganui) claimed second in 3:56.20 ahead of yesterday’s K1 200m winner Kurtis Imrie, who grabbed the final podium spot in 3:59.00“I’m pretty happy,” explains Thompson, who is coached by his father, Alan, the two-time 1984 Olympic gold medallist. “It was a nice win to finish off 2018.”“I didn’t have the flashiest of starts but I took the lead at 100m and the opposition dropped away.”

Thompson who combines a Hungarian training model with the (Arthur) Lydiard approach adopted by his father, hopes now to focus on a 2019 campaign which he hopes will act as a springboard to his 2020 Tokyo Olympic ambitions.

Thompson further rammed home his men’s elite endurance kayak dominance with victory in the 5km from his Poverty Bay team-mate Jordan McLarin.
Quaid 1.jpg  Quaid Thompson

Earlier, in the open men’s K2 500m final Max Brown and Toby Brooke (Wanganui) produced a dominant display to claim victory in 3:40.83 – by a margin of 2.72secs from Kurtis Imrie and Ethan Moore (Mana) with Waitara duo Thomas Cole and Ben McCallum completing the podium in 3:44.71.

In the women’s under-18 age group, rising star Olivia Brett (Arawa) enjoyed a perfect weekend to add three gold medals today in the 500m disciplines to add to her swag of three golds in the 200m races the previous day.

Sam Ferkins was the star performer across the weekend in the men’s U18 age group, powering to victory in the K1 1000m by more than five seconds before contributing to a Poverty Bay race win in the K2 event.

Madison Garrett also impressed in the women’s under-16 category with the Arawa paddler adding the K2 and K4 500m titles to her three 200m gold medals delivered the previous day. In a medal-laden weekend she won under-18 K2 500m silver and under-16 K1 bronze to secure seven medals during the course of the two-day regatta.

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Article courtesy of Steve Landells


Carrington and Thompson impress at Blue Lake

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