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Depth delivers for top male kayakers

Author -  Karen Simpson

Kurtis Imrie won the K1 500m on the final day of the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

Depth delivers for top male kayakers

Kurtis Imrie won the K1 500m on the final day of the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Kurtis Imrie and Quaid Thompson took the final-day spoils at the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro, highlighting the growing depth among the top male paddlers in the country.

After a frustrating weekend, Imrie finally tasted individual success with a comprehensive win in the K1 500 final, clocking 1min 44.20secs to finish 1.80secs in front of Ashton Reiser (North Shore). Thompson was third, though later came back to win the event-ending 5km title to add to the K1 1000m crown he collected yesterday.

Imrie, 22, was third in both the K1 1000m and K1 200m earlier in the championship amidst an exhausting 16-race schedule but had enough left over for his favourite distance.

“It’s been a pretty tough weekend racing nearly everything, just giving back to the club, but it’s been good fun and I’m pretty stoked with that win,” Imrie said. “The 500m is one of my favourite events and I just wanted to give it a good crack and I managed to hold it together in the end.”

Reiser continued his break-through championship, winning his fifth medal after grabbing K1 200m bronze and gold with team boats in K2 200m, K4 200m and K4 500m. Like Thompson, Reiser is still only 19 and continues to knock at the door of national representative squads.

In the feature women’s race of the day, world champions Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Ryan made no contest of it in the K2 500m. Their time of 1:40.32 was nearly 5secs ahead of Mana’s Kayla Imrie and Danielle Watson, with Elise Legarth and Aimee Fisher (Hawke’s Bay) third.
Ryan also helped her North Shore crew take out the K4 500m, alongside Briar McLeely, Rochelle Austin and Samalulu Clifton.

Article courtesy of Jamie Troughton, Dscribe Media 

Depth delivers for top male kayakers

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