Kiwi paddlers follow Carrington's lead

Author -  Karen Simpson

Lisa Carrington continues to blaze a merry path on the world kayaking scene but a quartet of fellow female Kiwis are eagerly following her lead.

Kiwi paddlers follow Carrington's lead

Lisa Carrington continues to blaze a merry path on the world kayaking scene but a quartet of fellow female Kiwis are eagerly following her lead.

Lisa gold world cup 1.jpgLisa Carrington continues to blaze a merry path on the world kayaking scene but a quartet of fellow female Kiwis are eagerly following her lead.

Carrington, the world and Olympic K1 200m champion, collected yet another world cup gold medal overnight with a narrow victory in the K1 500m final in Portugal.  WIth barely enough time to warm down, she then sat back and watched teammates Caitlin Ryan and Aimee Fisher open their season with a shock silver in the K2 500m final.

In just their third-ever race together, the duo powered their way down the blustery Montemor-o-Velho course and finished just 0.36secs adrift of Hungarians Anna Kárász and Ninetta Vad, after qualifying for the final by winning their heat.

"The heats were a bit of a blur but we debriefed last night and came out settled and focused ready to race in the final," Ryan explained.  "We weren't too focused on the result in the final; instead we were just making sure we got our rhythm right and using the strength we've been building on in the gym all year and to come away with a silver with a good mate to celebrate with is an amazing feeling."

wk2-portugal 1.jpgThey didn't have long to celebrate, climbing into their specialist K4 boat with Kayla Imrie and Jaimee Lovett for the afternoon session and immediately picking up where they left off.

In the second heat of the K4 500m, the quartet overcame a sloppy start to haul in the Portuguese team, clocking 1min 39.56secs to again qualify directly for tonight's A final.

Although several top European paddlers have skipped the first world cup, it's still a promising start for the foursome, who Canoe Racing New Zealand have invested heavily in with an eye on next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  They will also contest tonight's K2 200m race, which is a straight final.

Carrington, meanwhile, kept her nose in front of the chasing pack by winning her K1 200m heat and clocking the fastest time ahead of tonight's final.

She didn't have things all her own way in the 500m decider, however, with Hungarians Anna Kárász and Krisztina Fazekas-Zur putting plenty of pressure on her at the start.

The top-three all finished within a second of each other, although Carrington's composure proved crucial as she clocked 1:48.01, beating rising star Kárász by just 0.56secs.

Marty McDowell was the other Kiwi in finals action in finals, knocking nearly 15secs off his semifinal time to finish seventh in the K1 1000m final, won by Portugal's Fernando Pimenta.

McDowell backed that up later in the K1 500m, finishing third in his heat behind former Olympic champion Adam Van Koeverden (Canada) and France's Cyrille Carre, with the top-three going straight to the A final.

Scott Bicknell will contest the B final of the K1 200m, meanwhile, after drawing a wide lane and being buffeted by the strong crosswinds in his semifinal.

-Courtesy Dscribe Journalism

TV footage:
The final day of the ICF Canoe Sprint world cup in Portugal will be screened live on a Sky TV pop-up channel (56) tonight (May 17) at 9.35pm or follow via the live internet coverage 


NameEv No.EventH,S,FTime

Marty McDowell

MK1 1000AF10.09am9.09pm7th in 3.30.348
Lisa Carrington
WK1 500AF10.16am
9.16pm1st in 1.48.016
Aimee Fisher
Caitlin Ryan

WK2 500AF11.09am
2nd in 1.40.464
Lisa Carrington
WK1 200H 3
1st in 39.112
Scott Bicknell

MK1 200H 3
S 1-4
4.25 - 4.40pm
3rd in 36.200
5th in 38.080 to BF
Marty McDowell
MK1 500H 13.42pm2.42am3rd in 1.48.144 to AF
Jaimee Lovett
Aimee Fisher

Caitlin Ryan
Kayla Imrie

WK4 500H24.00pm3.00am1st in 1.39.460 to AF


Name Ev NoEventRaceTime

Lisa Carrington 72 WK1 200AF9.52am 8.52pm
1st in 39.524 
Marty McDowell 79 MK1 500AF10.48am9.48pm
 3rd in 1.39.552
Jaimee Lovett
Aimee Fisher
Caitlin Ryan
Kayla Imrie
 80 WK4 500 AF10.54am9.54pm
 1st in 1.31.54
Scott Bicknell 82 MK1 200BF 2.05pm1.05am
 1st in 34.976


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