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Martlew impresses at Canoe Sprint World Championships

Author -  Karen Simpson

Para-canoiests Scott Martlew and Peter Cowan took to the water as first Kiwis to the start line at the Canoe Sprint World Champs overnight.

Martlew impresses at Canoe Sprint World Championships

Para-canoiests Scott Martlew and Peter Cowan took to the water as first Kiwis to the start line at the Canoe Sprint World Champs overnight.

Scott VL3 1.jpg


Para-canoiest Scott Martlew claimed an eye-catching heat win to power directly through to the final of the KL2 200m on day one of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

The Christchurch-based Paralympian, who has recently been reclassified as a KL2 athlete, was drawn in lane one of heat two and produced a strong second 100m to stop the clock in 44.062secs – 0.360secs clear of Fernando Paulo of Brazil, who placed second.

Martlew was the second fastest qualifier from the heats into Friday’s A final (at 9.21pm NZ time) behind Australia’s World and Paralympic champion Curtis McGrath, who recorded a blistering time of 43.196.
Peter Cowan 3.jpgMartlew, was also in action in the VL3 200m. After progressing through in his heat in third in 57.321, the 25-year-old leg-amputee placed fifth in the semi-final (58.470) to advance to the B final, which takes place on Saturday.

The only other Kiwi in action on day one – Peter Cowan – also competed in the VL3 200m. The Hastings-based athlete finished fourth in his heat (1:00.070) before placing sixth in the semi-final (1:00.014). Like Martlew, Cowan will line up in the B final.    In a busy second day of competition, all six able-bodied Kiwi athletes open their World Championship quest led by seven-time world champion Lisa Carrington.

The Ohope sprint star is first up, competing in heat two of the women’s K1 500m, an event where she won World Championship silver behind Volha Khudzenka of Belarus 12 months ago. Khudzenka lines up in the opening heat and watch out too for Olympic champion and Hungarian kayak great Danuta Kozak, who having taken a break from the sport post-Rio to have a baby has returned to the competitive arena. She starts in heat four.

Carrington, who competes in four boat categories across the championships, then lines up alongside Caitlin Ryan in the first heat of the K2 500m as the Kiwi duo start the defence of their world title.

Also in action for New Zealand is World U23 fourth-placer Quaid Thompson (Gisborne), who makes his open worlds debut in heat one of the men’s K1 1000m at 11.20pm.

Meanwhile, Kiwi duo Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher team up in the heats of the women’s K2 200m at 1.30am with the semi-finals taking place later at 3.10am.

Kiwi Rebecca Cole, who also makes her maiden appearance at an open worlds, competes in heat two of the women’s K1 1000m.

See the full NZ race schedule here. 

 

Martlew impresses at Canoe Sprint World Championships

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