Carrington makes a statement after Martlew collects silver

Lisa K1 500 heat.jpeg

Lisa Carrington laid down a clear marker she is in the mood to regain her women’s K1 500m world title with a dominant semi-final performance on day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Monetmor-o-Velho, Portugal.

The seven-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion has set herself a gruelling schedule of competing across four boat categories this week, but after qualifying sixth fastest from the K1 500 heats she left us no doubt to her current form with a scintillating semi-final display.

Pitted in the same semi-final as Olympic champion and Hungarian kayak legend Danuta Kozak, Carrington led from the first stroke and built up a 0.71 advantage on the field at the 250m. During the second half the 29-year-old New Zealander extended her advantage to take the heat win in 1:49.484 – some 0.930 clear of Kozak, who has returned to the sport this year following childbirth post the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Carrington was the fastest of the qualifiers into tonight’s final at 11.03pm with defending world champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus the third quickest after winning heat three in 1:50.742.

scott silver medal rsz.jpgEarlier today at the High Performance Centre in Montemor-o-Velho, Kiwi Scott Martlew lit up day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by taking a glorious KL2 200M silver medal.  For Martlew, the leg amputee, a podium position was rich reward as he became New Zealand’s first Para-canoeist to win a world medal for seven years with a gutsy display.  The Christchurch-based paddler, who had been second fastest heat qualifier, made a blistering start to establish a clear lead from the reigning world and Paralympic champion and pre-event favourite Curtis McGrath of Australia.

Face grimacing, Martlew flashed through halfway with a third of a boat advantage only for McGrath to unleash a scintillating final 70m to accelerate clear of the Kiwi and grab his seventh world title in a time of 41.735 – just 0.635 clear of the 25-year-old. Mykola Syniuk of Ukraine was some way back in bronze (43.230).    It was the best international performance so far for Martlew, who finished eighth in the KL3 200m final at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Game. Reclassified earlier this year as a KL2 athlete the former rugby player gave an indication of his ability to compete at the highest level in his new classification by winning a silver medal in the World Cup in Hungary in May.

Today at Montemor-o-Velho, the talented Kiwi delivered on that promise in spectacular style.

“It has been a long road to get here and it means a lot to win silver,” says Scott, who earned New Zealand’s first medal of the regatta. “Competing as I have in previous years as a KL3 and to be finally reclassified, into what I believe is the correct classification, was big for me. After many years grinding away, It is an amazing feeling to be on the podium.

“I definitely came here wanting to win gold. I made a good start and had a good middle (of the race) but Curtis came through at the end. It was similar to what happened on the World Cup (earlier this year) but I certainly have something to build on for next time.”

The only other Kiwi in action on day three was Taranaki’s Rebecca Cole, who finished third in the women’s K1 1000m B Final in a time of 4:08.754 – 6.760 behind winner Edyta Kierkla of Poland.

It was a solid display by the 23-year-old Cole on her open worlds debut. Earlier today, she narrowly missed on a spot in the A Final after placing fifth in her semi-final in 4:07.480.

The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships ramp up on day four of the championships with seven of the eight-strong Kiwi team in action.

At 11.03pm tonight, Carrington competes in the K1 500m final followed at 11.44pm by Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher in action in the K2 200m final. Carrington and Caitlin Ryan then team up to defend their World K2 500m title at 12.04am.

In a gruelling day for Carrington, she also later competes in the heats of the K1 200m and K4 500m.

To follow all the action live visit www.canoeicf.com

Carrington makes a statement after Martlew collects silver

Lisa Carrington laid down a clear marker she is in the mood to regain her women’s K1 500m world title with a dominant semi-final performance on day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Monetmor-o-Velho, Portugal.

Lisa K1 500 heat.jpeg

Lisa Carrington laid down a clear marker she is in the mood to regain her women’s K1 500m world title with a dominant semi-final performance on day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Monetmor-o-Velho, Portugal.

The seven-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion has set herself a gruelling schedule of competing across four boat categories this week, but after qualifying sixth fastest from the K1 500 heats she left us no doubt to her current form with a scintillating semi-final display.

Pitted in the same semi-final as Olympic champion and Hungarian kayak legend Danuta Kozak, Carrington led from the first stroke and built up a 0.71 advantage on the field at the 250m. During the second half the 29-year-old New Zealander extended her advantage to take the heat win in 1:49.484 – some 0.930 clear of Kozak, who has returned to the sport this year following childbirth post the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Carrington was the fastest of the qualifiers into tonight’s final at 11.03pm with defending world champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus the third quickest after winning heat three in 1:50.742.

scott silver medal rsz.jpgEarlier today at the High Performance Centre in Montemor-o-Velho, Kiwi Scott Martlew lit up day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships by taking a glorious KL2 200M silver medal.  For Martlew, the leg amputee, a podium position was rich reward as he became New Zealand’s first Para-canoeist to win a world medal for seven years with a gutsy display.  The Christchurch-based paddler, who had been second fastest heat qualifier, made a blistering start to establish a clear lead from the reigning world and Paralympic champion and pre-event favourite Curtis McGrath of Australia.

Face grimacing, Martlew flashed through halfway with a third of a boat advantage only for McGrath to unleash a scintillating final 70m to accelerate clear of the Kiwi and grab his seventh world title in a time of 41.735 – just 0.635 clear of the 25-year-old. Mykola Syniuk of Ukraine was some way back in bronze (43.230).    It was the best international performance so far for Martlew, who finished eighth in the KL3 200m final at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Game. Reclassified earlier this year as a KL2 athlete the former rugby player gave an indication of his ability to compete at the highest level in his new classification by winning a silver medal in the World Cup in Hungary in May.

Today at Montemor-o-Velho, the talented Kiwi delivered on that promise in spectacular style.

“It has been a long road to get here and it means a lot to win silver,” says Scott, who earned New Zealand’s first medal of the regatta. “Competing as I have in previous years as a KL3 and to be finally reclassified, into what I believe is the correct classification, was big for me. After many years grinding away, It is an amazing feeling to be on the podium.

“I definitely came here wanting to win gold. I made a good start and had a good middle (of the race) but Curtis came through at the end. It was similar to what happened on the World Cup (earlier this year) but I certainly have something to build on for next time.”

The only other Kiwi in action on day three was Taranaki’s Rebecca Cole, who finished third in the women’s K1 1000m B Final in a time of 4:08.754 – 6.760 behind winner Edyta Kierkla of Poland.

It was a solid display by the 23-year-old Cole on her open worlds debut. Earlier today, she narrowly missed on a spot in the A Final after placing fifth in her semi-final in 4:07.480.

The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships ramp up on day four of the championships with seven of the eight-strong Kiwi team in action.

At 11.03pm tonight, Carrington competes in the K1 500m final followed at 11.44pm by Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher in action in the K2 200m final. Carrington and Caitlin Ryan then team up to defend their World K2 500m title at 12.04am.

In a gruelling day for Carrington, she also later competes in the heats of the K1 200m and K4 500m.

To follow all the action live visit www.canoeicf.com

Carrington makes a statement after Martlew collects silver
 

 

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