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Martlew leading NZ canoe sprint charge

Author -  Karen Simpson

Scott Martlew won't be leaving anything to chance when he opens the New Zealand campaign at next week's canoe racing world championships in Italy.

Martlew leading NZ canoe sprint charge

Scott Martlew won't be leaving anything to chance when he opens the New Zealand campaign at next week's canoe racing world championships in Italy. Scott Martlew 1.jpgScott Martlew won't be leaving anything to chance when he opens the New Zealand campaign at next week's canoe racing world championships in Italy.

The 22-year-old Christchurch paracanoeist is part of a nine-strong Kiwi team - which includes reigning world and Olympic champion Lisa Carrington, a women's K4, a men's K2 and Marty McDowell (K1) - who will be trying to book tickets to Rio de Janeiro next year.
While his eight teammates have clear performance goals to qualify for the Olympics, Martlew has the added hurdle of having to be reclassified before he starts his heats on Wednesday, after the ICF changed the disability criteria earlier this year. 

"The change may affect a couple of people and it might be a slight advantage for me but I'm not counting on that to qualify," Martlew, who lost his left leg to a rugby injury in 2010, said. "There's still going to be a lot of competition, which ever class I'm in."

His new classification is likely to be in the KL1 division, where he needs a top-six finish in his specialist 200m to automatically qualify for the Rio Paralympics. Since his first world championship in 2012, Martlew has finished fifth, seventh and seventh - with last year's eighth-place upgraded after Ukrainian gold medallist Yuriy Kikhayev was disqualified for a doping offence.

The New Zealand team arrives in Milan on Sunday, after a varied buildup. McDowell and Carrington spent time trialing a pre-Olympic training base in Spain before heading to Slovenia, where they met up with the women's K4 of Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie. The men's K2 of Darryl Fitzgerald and Zac Franich joined them last week.

The team also used Rowing New Zealand's base at Lake Bohinj for some of their harder sessions, with Olympic single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale following their progress from the comfort of the coach boat last week.

Martlew, meanwhile, has spent the majority of his training time in the Czech Republic, with Christchurch locals rallying behind him and raising $12,000 to help give him some meaningful preparation. He's hoping to repay them with a big performance next week.

"I'm feeling confident from the training I've been doing - I've had a lot of quality sessions and I'm pretty excited to get on that start line."
Martlew's 200m heats and semifinals are on Wednesday night (NZ time) with Carrington (K1 500m), McDowell (K1 1000m) and the K2 men's crew all kicking off their racing a day later.

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Wednesday 19 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
28.1418.14MK1 200 KL3H2 L3Scott Martlew1-7 +NBT to semi
24
28
29
30
14.00
14.42
14.56
16.10
24.00
24.42
24.56
02.10
MK1 200 KL3SF1-4Scott Martlew1-2 + NBT to AF
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C

Thursday 20 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
508.5418.54WK1 500H2 L5Lisa Carrington​1-6 to semi
589.4619.46MK1 1000H1 L8Marty McDowell​1-5 + NBT to semi
8813.0723.07MK2 1000H5 L2Zac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald1-7 + NBT to semi​
96-9915.42-16.001.42-2.00WK1 500S 1-4Lisa Carrington​1-2 +NBT to A
102-10516.22-16.432.22-2.43MK1 1000S 1-4Marty McDowell​1-2 + NBT to A
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C
121-12418.30-18.514.30-4.51MK2 1000S 1-4Zac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald1-2 + NBT to A
3x3rd,4x4th, 2x 5thBT to B
2x5th, 4x6th, 3NBT to C

Friday 21 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
1258.3018.30WK1 200H1 L5Lisa Carrington​1-6 to semi
15611.3021.30WK4 500H2 L7Jaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie​1st to A, 1-6 + 3NBT to semi
175-177 14.35-14.5524.35-55MK1 200 KL3C/B/A FinalaScott Martlew 

Saturday 22 August 2015

#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
195-1968.57-9.0418.47-19.04MK1 1000C/B FinalMarty McDowell
205-20610.09-10.1620.09-20.16MK2 1000C/B finalZac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald
20810.3220.32WK1 500A finalLisa Carrington
21010.5220.52MK1 1000A finalMarty McDowell
21611.5321.53MK2 1000A finalZac Franich/Darryl Fitzgerald
217-22014.00-14.15midnight--0.15WK1 200S 1-4Lisa Carrington​1-2 + NBT to A
237-23815.58-16.051.58-2.05WK4 500S 1-2Jaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie​1-3 to A, 4-6 to B

 Sunday 23 August 2015
#Time MilanTime NZEventHSFCompetitorProgression/Result
2499.2719.27WK4 500B finalJaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie
25510.1020.10WK1 200A finalLisa Carrington
26111.0521.05WK4 500A finalJaimee Lovett/Caitlin Ryan/Aimee Fisher/Kayla Imrie

 





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