Kiwis win triple silver in spectacular session

Author -  Karen Simpson

New Zealand banked three silver medals in one breathtaking hour of action on day four of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal.

Kiwis win triple silver in spectacular session

New Zealand banked three silver medals in one breathtaking hour of action on day four of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal.

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Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher K2 200

New Zealand banked three silver medals in one breathtaking hour of action on day four of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal.

In an utterly compelling 60-minute period at the High Performance Centre at Montemor-o-Velho, Lisa Carrington kick-started the rush to the dais by winning K1 500m silver followed by Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie, who produced a dazzling performance to take silver just 0.040 behind the German crew in a thrilling K2 200m final.

The medal-laden hour for New Zealand was then climaxed by Carrington and Caitlin Ryan, who just missed out on gold by an agonising 0.023 in a titanic battle with the Hungarian crew.

In near perfect conditions, Carrington produced a courageous paddle in the women’s K1 500m but had to concede defeat to Olympic champion Danuta Kozak of Hungary.

Thanks to her trademark blistering start, the Kiwi established the early pace and held a slight 0.12 lead from Kozak at the 250m mark. However, the Hungarian’s strength told in the final 100m as she edged past the Kiwi to stop the clock in 1:47.254 – with Carrington matching the silver medal she won in this event last year some 0.730 down. The 2017 world champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus had to settle for bronze in 1:48.724.

A little later in the schedule, the 2017 World K4 500m bronze medallists, Fisher and Imrie teamed up to make their mark to win silver narrowly missing out on gold in a photo-finish to the German duo Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze.  
In the high-speed event, the Ukrainian pair of Marila Kichasova-Skoryk and Anastasiya Horlova took a clear early advantage. However, as Ukraine faded in the latter stages both Germany and New Zealand unleashed their winning bid. As both crews flashed across the line – almost in unison – it was Germany that shaded victory by a fraction in 37.157, but it was still a hugely meritorious performance by the young Kiwi pair.

The 2017 World champions Carrington and Ryan took to the startline of the K2 500m knowing the main threat to their crown was the Hungarian crew of Kozak and Anna Karasz and so it proved. 

The Kiwis made the stronger start and held a clear 0.69 advantage at halfway. But the Hungarian boat led by Kozak, the five-time Olympic champion, inched closer to the Kiwis in the second half of the race. In a thrilling finale, and with both crews matching each other stroke for stroke, it took a photo-finish to determine Hungary’s had edged gold by a mere 0.023 in 1:43.065. Germany were more than two-and-a-half seconds back in bronze (1:45.589).

Also competing for New Zealand, Gisborne’s Quaid Thompson, on his open worlds debut, finished seventh in the K1 1000m semi-final in a time of 3:44.254. Thompson returns tomorrow on the concluding day of action in Portugal in the K1 5000m. 

KL2 200m silver medallist Scott Martlew returned to the water today to take second in the B final of the men’s VL3 200m in a time of 52.348. The 25-year-old Para-canoiest from Christchurch finished 1.530 adrift of race winner Tomasz Mozdzierski. Martlew’s team-mate Peter Cowan of Hastings produced a solid paddle to place fourth in 52.953.
Lisa Caitlin K2 500 final.jpeg  Lisa Carrigton & Caitlin Ryan K2 500

Later today Carrington continues her energy-sapping schedule by competing in the heats of the women’s K1 200m as she seeks a sixth straight world title in her pet event. She will then team up with Ryan, Fisher and Imrie in the heats of the women’s K4 500m, where they will be looking for a top three finish to automatically advance to the final.

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Photos courtesy of Carolyn Cooper


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Scott Martlew VL3 200
Kiwis win triple silver in spectacular session

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