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Carrington fired up for historic double

Author -  Karen Simpson

Carrington will spearhead a nine-strong New Zealand team in Milan when racing begins tomorrow night (NZ time), with the championships doubling as a qualifier for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Carrington fired up for historic double

Carrington will spearhead a nine-strong New Zealand team in Milan when racing begins tomorrow night (NZ time), with the championships doubling as a qualifier for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
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Lisa Carrington is in a confident frame of mind as she eyes an unprecedented canoe sprint world championship double this week.

Carrington will spearhead a nine-strong New Zealand team in Milan when racing begins tomorrow night (NZ time), with the championships doubling as a qualifier for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The 26-year-old is a warm favourite in the K1 200m - the event in which she's the reigning world and Olympic champion - but she'll also try and add the K1 500m world title for the first time, despite a hectic schedule of four consecutive days of racing.

"Just having the experience of racing over the last two years, racing both K1 500m and 200m, has given me the confidence that I can do both events," Carrington said. "My training schedule has also prepared me to compete in both events so I have the stamina and fitness to do both."

Carrington picked up K1 500m silver at last year's world championships in Moscow, although Hungary's gold medalist Danuta Kozák is likely to focus on K2 and K4 team boats this week. Kozák lost the recent Hungarian national trials to rising under-23 star Anna Kárász, who shapes up as Carrington's main rival in the longer distance, while Beijing Olympic champion Inna Osypenko-Radomska, having switched nationalities from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, also looms as a big threat.

Polish paddler Marta Walczykiewicz, who finished second to Carrington in the K1 200m world championship final, is likely to be in the mix in the shorter distance, although the Kiwi hasn't been touched at world cup level in recent years and sounded a warning to her rivals she's in as good a shape as ever.

"My preparation for these worlds has gone really well - every year since the last Olympics, I've been able to build up and build up and this year has been really good. Just having another year under my belt and being able to work on those things I need to work on has helped me get stronger and fitter."

Paraconoeist Scott Martlew will start the New Zealand campaign tomorrow, having been confirmed overnight in the tough KL3 division, with Carrington, fellow K1 paddler Marty McDowell (K1 1000m) and men's K2 pairing Darryl Fitzgerald and Zac Franich racing heats and semifinals on Thursday.

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The women's K4 of Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie aren't racing until Friday, although there are high hopes the crew will be able to qualify a team boat in Rio after a strong world cup debut earlier this year.

The New Zealand team arrived in Milan on Sunday, after a varied buildup. McDowell and Carrington spent time trialing a pre-Olympic training base in Spain before heading to Slovenia, where they met up with the women's K4 and men's K2.  The team also used Rowing New Zealand's base at Lake Bohinj for some of their harder sessions, with Olympic single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale following their progress from the comfort of the coach boat last week.

Canoe Racing New Zealand chief executive Mark Weatherall was confident the big investment in the team, supported by High Performance Sport New Zealand, would pay dividends this week.

"We've deliberately set the bar high for our athletes this year and they've really worked hard to get to Milan," Weatherall said. "We're pretty excited about our prospects this week and hopefully that hard work will translate into some good results."

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Wednesday 19 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
28.1418.14MK1 200 KL3H2 L3Scott Martlew1-7 +NBT to semi
24
28
29
30
14.00
14.42
14.56
16.10
24.00
24.42
24.56
02.10
MK1 200 KL3SF1-4Scott Martlew1-2 + NBT to AF
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C

Thursday 20 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
508.5418.54WK1 500H2 L5Lisa Carrington​1-6 to semi
589.4619.46MK1 1000H1 L8Marty McDowell​1-5 + NBT to semi
8813.0723.07MK2 1000H5 L2Zac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald1-7 + NBT to semi​
96-9915.42-16.001.42-2.00WK1 500S 1-4Lisa Carrington​1-2 +NBT to A
102-10516.22-16.432.22-2.43MK1 1000S 1-4Marty McDowell​1-2 + NBT to A
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C
121-12418.30-18.514.30-4.51MK2 1000S 1-4Zac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald1-2 + NBT to A
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C

 

Friday 21 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
1258.3018.30WK1 200H1 L5Lisa Carrington​1-6 to semi
15611.3021.30WK4 500H2 L7Jaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie​1st to A, 1-6 + 3NBT to semi
175-17714.35-14.5524.35-55MK1 200 KL3C/B/A FinalaScott Martlew

 

Saturday 22 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
195-1968.57-9.0418.47-19.04MK1 1000C/B FinalMarty McDowell
205-20610.09-10.1620.09-20.16MK2 1000C/B finalZac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald
20810.3220.32WK1 500A finalLisa Carrington
21010.5220.52MK1 1000A finalMarty McDowell
21611.5321.53MK2 1000A finalZac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald
217-22014.00-14.15midnight--0.15WK1 200S 1-4Lisa Carrington​1-2 + NBT to A
237-23815.58-16.051.58-2.05WK4 500S 1-2Jaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie​1-3 to A, 4-6 to B


 Sunday 23 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
2499.2719.27WK4 500B finalJaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie
25510.1020.10WK1 200A finalLisa Carrington
26111.0521.05WK4 500A finalJaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie

 


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