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Youthful Kiwi K4 crew impresses in World Cup

Author -  Karen Simpson

A developing New Zealand’s women’s K4 500m crew produced a quality performance to place third in the B Final on the final day of action at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany.

Youthful Kiwi K4 crew impresses in World Cup

A developing New Zealand’s women’s K4 500m crew produced a quality performance to place third in the B Final on the final day of action at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany.

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A developing New Zealand’s women’s K4 500m crew produced a quality performance to place third in the B Final on the final day of action at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany.

Just one week after the crack Kiwi crew of Lisa Carrington, Kayla Imrie, Aimee Fisher and Caitlin Ryan stormed to K4 500m gold in the opening World Cup of the season in Poznan, a younger, developing Kiwi team of Alicia Hoskin (Poverty Bay), Briar McLeely (North Shore), Danielle Watson (Mana) and Britney Ford (Poverty Bay) offered further evidence of the depth of women’s elite paddling to produce a highly creditable performance on the global stage.

In the opening World Cup event of the season in Poznan, the quartet had been eliminated at the semi-final stage but on the Wedau Regatta Course they went one step beyond by securing a spot in the B Final after placing seventh in their semi-final earlier today in 1:36.118.

Then in a spirited showing, which tested their physical and mental reserves, the quartet put in a mature and composed performance in the B Final.

Sitting fifth at halfway they powered home strongly in the second half of the race to place third in 1:34.377 – finishing narrowly behind Sweden (1:34.272). Spain notched victory in the B Final in 1:33.400.

Max Brown (Whanganui) and Kurtis Imrie (Mana) climaxed their successful World Cup campaign by placing 8th in the B Final of the men’s K2 1000m.

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The duo could not quite repeat their heroics from last week’s World Cup campaign in Poznan, when the duo produced a huge, breakthrough performance by finishing eighth in the A Final, but the New Zealander’s again competed positively.

In Duisburg, the pair attacked the B Final with typical aggression and led at 250m before hitting the halfway checkpoint in third. They eventually crossed the line eighth in 3:14.412 as Lithuania (3:10.610) claimed victory, however this young, exciting Kiwi pairing will be much richer for their World Cup experiences.

Elsewhere, the men’s K4 500m crew of Ashton Reiser (North Shore), Ben Duffy (Arawa), Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay) and Hamish Legarth (Hawkes Bay) missed out on a spot in the B final by just one place in a competitive semi-final.

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The quartet passed the 250m mark in sixth and on track for the B Final before winding up seventh in 1:23.810 – just one position shy of Italy. Slovakia romped to the semi-final victory in 1:19.229.

The final Kiwi in action in Duisburg, Quaid Thompson, placed a solid 21st in a high-quality men’s K1 5000m.

The Poverty Bay paddler completed the distance in 21:07:327 in a race won by Portugal’s world champion Fernando Pimenta in 19:39.656.

The World Cup races in Poznan and Duisburg represented a huge opportunity for New Zealand’s younger paddlers to perform on the world stage and all would have learned much from the experience.

Youthful Kiwi K4 crew impresses in World Cup

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