Pedigree and power gives Thompson kayaking gold.

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Quaid Thompson is a few behind his father but he’ll never forget his first K1 1000m national kayaking title.  The Gisborne 20-year-old took out the blue-ribbon race at the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro today, his first open title over that distance.

Dad Alan amassed a tidy collection; the 1984 Olympic champion picked up seven national titles in his illustrious career, though he was 21 by the time he collected his first in 1981. He coaches his son at the Poverty Bay club, with Thompson Jnr delighted to keep up the family tradition.
“I was a bit flat after last year’s nationals (where he finished third) but after going to Europe last year, I came back knowing exactly what I needed to do,” Quaid Thompson said. “I’ve been happy with how I’ve been going over summer and I’ve managed to get in some really hard training over the last two months, so it was nice to be able to peak properly for an event and come away with a win.”

His victory this year came in 3mins 42.02secs, nearly 4secs clear of Whanganui’s Max Brown, with Kurtis Imrie (Mana) third in 3:46.71.
Comfortably cruising through his heats and semifinal, Thompson edged out early in the final on a stunning Karapiro afternoon, keeping his cadence high and his nose in front.

Imrie and Brown got a measure of revenge later in the day, however, coming from behind to win the K2 1000m, just 0.40secs ahead of Thompson and his Poverty Bay teammate Jordan McLarin.

The feature women’s race of the day saw Lisa Carrington edge out her world champion K2 teammate Caitlin Ryan in a thrilling k1 500m final, with Carrington clocking 1:49.78 and Ryan 1:50.25, after leading for the first half of the race. French Olympian Sarah Guyot was third in 1:55.25, just in front of Hawke’s Bay’s Aimee Fisher in 1:55.22.  The result means Carrington will have to trial for a world championship spot later in the year.

The three-day championship finishes tomorrow with men competing in the K1 500m heats and finals and women tackling the K2 500m, as well as the 5km finals.

Pedigree and power gives Thompson kayaking gold.

Poverty Bay’s Quaid Thompson celebrates his first K1 1000m title at the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

Quaid 1000.jpg

Quaid Thompson is a few behind his father but he’ll never forget his first K1 1000m national kayaking title.  The Gisborne 20-year-old took out the blue-ribbon race at the NZCT New Zealand canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro today, his first open title over that distance.

Dad Alan amassed a tidy collection; the 1984 Olympic champion picked up seven national titles in his illustrious career, though he was 21 by the time he collected his first in 1981. He coaches his son at the Poverty Bay club, with Thompson Jnr delighted to keep up the family tradition.
“I was a bit flat after last year’s nationals (where he finished third) but after going to Europe last year, I came back knowing exactly what I needed to do,” Quaid Thompson said. “I’ve been happy with how I’ve been going over summer and I’ve managed to get in some really hard training over the last two months, so it was nice to be able to peak properly for an event and come away with a win.”

His victory this year came in 3mins 42.02secs, nearly 4secs clear of Whanganui’s Max Brown, with Kurtis Imrie (Mana) third in 3:46.71.
Comfortably cruising through his heats and semifinal, Thompson edged out early in the final on a stunning Karapiro afternoon, keeping his cadence high and his nose in front.

Imrie and Brown got a measure of revenge later in the day, however, coming from behind to win the K2 1000m, just 0.40secs ahead of Thompson and his Poverty Bay teammate Jordan McLarin.

The feature women’s race of the day saw Lisa Carrington edge out her world champion K2 teammate Caitlin Ryan in a thrilling k1 500m final, with Carrington clocking 1:49.78 and Ryan 1:50.25, after leading for the first half of the race. French Olympian Sarah Guyot was third in 1:55.25, just in front of Hawke’s Bay’s Aimee Fisher in 1:55.22.  The result means Carrington will have to trial for a world championship spot later in the year.

The three-day championship finishes tomorrow with men competing in the K1 500m heats and finals and women tackling the K2 500m, as well as the 5km finals.

Pedigree and power gives Thompson kayaking gold.
 

 

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