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Para-canoeists launch Kiwi world quest in Portugal

Author -  Karen Simpson

The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships is set to burst into action later today with Para-canoe duo Scott Martlew and Peter Cowan taking centre stage for New Zealand on day one in Montemor O Velho, Portugal.

Para-canoeists launch Kiwi world quest in Portugal

The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships is set to burst into action later today with Para-canoe duo Scott Martlew and Peter Cowan taking centre stage for New Zealand on day one in Montemor O Velho, Portugal.

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Picture:  Scott Martlew at last year's World Champs

The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships is set to burst into action later today with Para-canoe duo Scott Martlew and Peter Cowan taking centre stage for New Zealand on day one in Montemor O Velho, Portugal.

Martlew, who placed 8th in the KL3 200m final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, has more recently been reclassified as a KL2 athlete and clinched a silver medal in the 200m event at the World Cup in Hungary in May.

The Christchurch-based paddler, opens his World Championship account in his heats at 10.15pm New Zealand time. The semi-finals follow at 11.35pm. Martlew has a busy opening day in Montemor O Velho and also competes in the VL3 200m. He is scheduled to race in the heat at 2.10am with semi-finals at 3.35am.

The other competing Kiwi on day one in Portugal, leg-amputee Peter Cowan, is also entered in the VL3 200m. The Hastings-based athlete, who lost his leg following a bike accident as a child, is the reigning men’s adaptive W1 250m New Zealand champion in Waka ama.

All six of New Zealand’s able-bodied canoeists will open their account on day two of the championships with seven-time world champion Lisa Carrington racing her heat of the K1 500m and Carrington teaming up with Caitlin Ryan to begin the defence of their world K2 500m title.

Lakeside temperatures have been as high as 37C in recent days, although temperatures are expected to fall to the more bearable high 20Cs during the course of the championships.

Click here for the team's schedule and results.  

Para-canoeists launch Kiwi world quest in Portugal

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