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Martlew lands breakthrough silver medal

Author -  Karen Simpson

Scott Martlew lit up day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by taking a glorious silver medal with an outstanding performance in the men’s KL2 200m.

Martlew lands breakthrough silver medal

Scott Martlew lit up day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by taking a glorious silver medal with an outstanding performance in the men’s KL2 200m.
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Scott Martlew lit up day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by taking a glorious silver medal with an outstanding performance in the men’s KL2 200m.


For Martlew, the leg amputee, a podium position was rich reward as he became New Zealand’s first Para-canoeist to win a world medal for seven years with a gutsy display.

The Christchurch-based paddler, who had been second fastest heat qualifier, made a blistering start to establish a clear lead from the reigning world and Paralympic champion and pre-event favourite Curtis McGrath of Australia.

Face grimacing, Martlew flashed through halfway with a third of a boat advantage only for McGrath to unleash a scintillating final 70m to accelerate clear of the Kiwi and grab his seventh world title in a time of 41.735 – just 0.635 clear of the 25-year-old. Mykola Syniuk of Ukraine was some way back in bronze (43.230).

It was the best international performance so far for Martlew, who finished eighth in the KL3 200m final at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Game. Reclassified earlier this year as a KL2 athlete the former rugby player gave an indication of his ability to compete at the highest level in his new classification by winning a silver medal in the World Cup in Hungary in May.

Today at Montemor-o-Velho, the talented Kiwi delivered on that promise in spectacular style.

“It has been a long road to get here and it means a lot to win silver,” says Scott, who earned New Zealand’s first medal of the regatta. “Competing as I have in previous years as a KL3 and to be finally reclassified, into what I believe is the correct classification, was big for me. After many years grinding away, It is an amazing feeling to be on the podium.

“I definitely came here wanting to win gold. I made a good start and had a good middle (of the race) but Curtis came through at the end. It was similar to what happened on the World Cup (earlier this year) but I certainly have something to build on for next time.”

The only other Kiwi in action during the morning session was Taranaki’s Rebecca Cole, who finished fifth in the semi-final of the women’s K1 1000m. Cole, 23, enjoyed a solid paddle recording 4:07.480 – to finish 1.945 behind heat winner Bridgette Hartley of South Africa – to advance to the B final a little later at 2.04am.

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Martlew lands breakthrough silver medal

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