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More gold for kayaker Carrington

Author -  Karen Simpson

New Zealand kayaker Lisa Carrington capped another successful World Cup outing, winning gold in the K1 200m and proceeding directly to tonight's K1 500m final in Portugal.

More gold for kayaker Carrington

New Zealand kayaker Lisa Carrington capped another successful World Cup outing, winning gold in the K1 200m and proceeding directly to tonight's K1 500m final in Portugal. 2016 WC3 Lisa.jpg
New Zealand kayaker Lisa Carrington capped another successful World Cup outing, winning gold in the K1 200m and proceeding directly to tonight's K1 500m final in Portugal.

The 2012 Olympic and reigning world champion showed her preparations in the shorter distance are right on track with another dominant display in the 200, recording her 13th consecutive major title over the distance.

Despite a fast start from Poland’s Marta Walczykiewicz and tricky conditions on the Montemor-o-Velho course, Carrington powered home to win in 40.556secs, winning by 0.664secs.

"Looking forward, we will do some analysis and see where I can improve but this was another step to Rio and a chance to practise what we will do in Rio," Carrington, who has not lost a K1 200m final since 2011, said. "It was a really good race - racing Marta is awesome and she is incredible competitor and a great athlete."

Although her time wasn't especially quick, that was more a reflection of the light headwind rather than her form.

"These races are the best kind of training for Rio and wind conditions in Rio and Montemor are potentially similar,” she explained. “In Rio it is a side wind from the left and here it is coming from the right. But it is good practice having a side wind and there is a bit of variability across the line."

The 26-year-old was able to back up later in her K1 500m heat, beating Austria's Ana Lehaci and Ireland's Jennifer Egan to qualify directly for tonight's final.

Her time of 2mins 00.348secs was the fastest of the heats, with Polish pair Anna Pulawska and Ewelina Wojnarowska clocking 2:04.728 and 2:05.092 to win their respective heats.

Meanwhile, Marty McDowell ended his World Cup campaign with a ninth-placing in the K1 1000m final.

The Wellington paddler, who has been battling a virus for much of the last month, had a 3:44.004 time to be 12secs back from Czech Republic winner Josef Dostal, who beat his teammate Jakub Špicar into second. Bronze went to Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta.

It was victory of sorts for McDowell in just making the final and he was able to put in place some valuable lessons from the past few weeks.
"I've definitely learned a lot over the two World Cups and during training, being a little bit down on energy, on how to race better and not attacking it so hard," McDowell said. "I raced as good as I was going to today and I put into practice what I've learned - I didn't try and win the first 250 and just tried to conserve a little bit for later in the race."
Carrington's K1 500m final is at 9.39pm tonight (NZ time).

More gold for kayaker Carrington

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