Carrington inspires New Zealand to record World Championships medal haul

k4 silver medal.jpeg

New Zealand celebrated their finest ever medal haul at an ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships by banking a gold and a silver on a thrilling final day of action at Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal.

Lisa Carrington powered to a sixth successive world K1 200m to retain her iron-like grip on her speciality event before the New Zealand K4 500m crew of Carrington, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie took a valiant silver, finishing an agonising 0.010 behind world and Olympic champions Hungary.

The two medals won so far on the final day added to silver medals banked on the two previous days by Carrington in the K1 500m, Carrington and Ryan in the K2 500m Fisher and Imrie in the K2 200m and Para-canoeist Scott Martlew in the KL2 200m. This eclipses the previous best medal haul of four accrued at the 2017 edition in the Czech Republic with Ryan and her New Zealand team-mate Quaid Thompson still to take to the water in the women’s and men’s 5km finals, respectively.

Carrington, who had secured the previous seven global titles in the K1 200m with five straight world titles and two Olympic golds, was without doubt the overwhelming favourite to make it number eight.

However, few could have predicted her level of dominance and stunning victory margin of more than a boat length.

Racing into the lead from the outset, by the 100m mark Carrington already held a three-quarter-of a length lead on her nearest pursuer Linnea Stensils of Sweden. For the remainder of the race, she put on a demonstration to further destroy the field and stop the clock in 38.821. Emma Jorgensen of Denmark, who repeated her silver medal won at the same event at the 2017 World Championships, finished a distant 1.727 down with Stensils (40.585) in bronze.

Yet Carrington was unstoppable once again and added post-race: “It is amazing, it is awesome just to be here and do what I do with my team-mates. To be able to deliver in the K1 200m, It is pretty cool.”

Carrington then returned with her crewmates in optimistic mood having led the qualifiers for the women’s K4 500m final, although with a Hungarian crew comprising five-time Olympic champion Danuta Kozak who was hunting her third gold of the regatta, the New Zealanders were aware they faced formidable opposition.

The Kiwi boat got away to a fantastic start and held a advantage by just under a quarter of a second at 250m before the Hungarian crew applied the blowtorch to draw level in the final 100m. In a captivating climax both boats flashed across the line seemingly together only for the Hungarians to be given the photo-finish verdict by one hundredth of a second in 1:33.761.

For Carrington, personally, it was her fourth medal (one gold, three silver) of the championship.

An elated Canoe Racing NZ CEO Tom Ashley said of the New Zealand performance: “They’ve been amazing and it says a lot of the work that this group of athletes and coaches have put in to produce a best ever World Championships medal count.

“One of the most impressive facts to consider is, we are working with such a small talent pool of athletes compared to many other nations and punching well above our weight. We saw some incredible racing across the regatta, and we were just a little unlucky to miss out on gold to some brilliant teams in three races by less than five hundredths of a second.” 

In the final races of the day, the gruelling 5000m, Caitlin Ryan was 10 seconds off the bronze medal and Quaid Thompson finished 18th in the mens division. 

 Lisa Carring gold medal.jpegk4 final 1.jpeg 
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Cooper

 

Carrington inspires New Zealand to record World Championships medal haul

New Zealand celebrated their finest ever medal haul at an ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships by banking a gold and a silver on a thrilling final day of action at Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal.

k4 silver medal.jpeg

New Zealand celebrated their finest ever medal haul at an ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships by banking a gold and a silver on a thrilling final day of action at Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal.

Lisa Carrington powered to a sixth successive world K1 200m to retain her iron-like grip on her speciality event before the New Zealand K4 500m crew of Carrington, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie took a valiant silver, finishing an agonising 0.010 behind world and Olympic champions Hungary.

The two medals won so far on the final day added to silver medals banked on the two previous days by Carrington in the K1 500m, Carrington and Ryan in the K2 500m Fisher and Imrie in the K2 200m and Para-canoeist Scott Martlew in the KL2 200m. This eclipses the previous best medal haul of four accrued at the 2017 edition in the Czech Republic with Ryan and her New Zealand team-mate Quaid Thompson still to take to the water in the women’s and men’s 5km finals, respectively.

Carrington, who had secured the previous seven global titles in the K1 200m with five straight world titles and two Olympic golds, was without doubt the overwhelming favourite to make it number eight.

However, few could have predicted her level of dominance and stunning victory margin of more than a boat length.

Racing into the lead from the outset, by the 100m mark Carrington already held a three-quarter-of a length lead on her nearest pursuer Linnea Stensils of Sweden. For the remainder of the race, she put on a demonstration to further destroy the field and stop the clock in 38.821. Emma Jorgensen of Denmark, who repeated her silver medal won at the same event at the 2017 World Championships, finished a distant 1.727 down with Stensils (40.585) in bronze.

Yet Carrington was unstoppable once again and added post-race: “It is amazing, it is awesome just to be here and do what I do with my team-mates. To be able to deliver in the K1 200m, It is pretty cool.”

Carrington then returned with her crewmates in optimistic mood having led the qualifiers for the women’s K4 500m final, although with a Hungarian crew comprising five-time Olympic champion Danuta Kozak who was hunting her third gold of the regatta, the New Zealanders were aware they faced formidable opposition.

The Kiwi boat got away to a fantastic start and held a advantage by just under a quarter of a second at 250m before the Hungarian crew applied the blowtorch to draw level in the final 100m. In a captivating climax both boats flashed across the line seemingly together only for the Hungarians to be given the photo-finish verdict by one hundredth of a second in 1:33.761.

For Carrington, personally, it was her fourth medal (one gold, three silver) of the championship.

An elated Canoe Racing NZ CEO Tom Ashley said of the New Zealand performance: “They’ve been amazing and it says a lot of the work that this group of athletes and coaches have put in to produce a best ever World Championships medal count.

“One of the most impressive facts to consider is, we are working with such a small talent pool of athletes compared to many other nations and punching well above our weight. We saw some incredible racing across the regatta, and we were just a little unlucky to miss out on gold to some brilliant teams in three races by less than five hundredths of a second.” 

In the final races of the day, the gruelling 5000m, Caitlin Ryan was 10 seconds off the bronze medal and Quaid Thompson finished 18th in the mens division. 

 Lisa Carring gold medal.jpegk4 final 1.jpeg 
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Cooper

 

Carrington inspires New Zealand to record World Championships medal haul
 

 

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