Ryan claims eye-catching win in inaugural Super Cup event

Caitlin K1 500 gold.jpg

Caitlin Ryan claimed an impressive and lucrative victory ahead of a world-class field in the inaugural canoe sprint Pre-Super Cup in Linyi, China.

The World K2 500m and K4 500m silver medallist destroyed the opposition to take the K1 victory by a winning margin of 1.235seconds from 2017 World K1 500m champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus over the non-conventional distance of 600m.

Ryan, who is excited to attend the innovative series which moves on to Barnaul in Russia on Friday, earned a first prize of €4000 ($7100 NZ) for her first-place display in China.

“It was really cool to win, to be honest I didn’t expect it but for me it was about the opportunity to learn, which is exciting for the future,” said Ryan, who says with a laugh the handy prize money will go towards savings for a house.

“I think I adapted as well as I could (to the 600m distance) for someone who has just been on holiday. It was a long race that hurt a lot but I had to trust that I had a huge amount of endurance going into World Champs (last month) and that surely I couldn’t have lost it all. When I’m in full form the 600m would suit me well.”

Ryan qualified second quickest in the morning heats recording a time of 2:23.988 – around a second slower than Khudzenka. However, the 26-year-old North Shore paddler laid down a marker for the final by qualifying fastest from the semi-finals in a rapid 2:20.816.

In yesterday’s final Ryan, the 2017 World K2 500m champion alongside Lisa Carrington, revealed her class to stop the clock in 2:24.272 to clinch the decisive win from her Belarussian rival. Australia’s Alyce Burnett, the 2017 World K1 1000m champion, was a distant third in 2:28.275.

As a measure of the quality of the event other race winners included 2018 World K1 1000m and K1 5000m champion Fernando Pimenta of Portugal, who claimed victory in the men’s K1 600m and 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Canada, who was triumphant in the women’s C1 600m.

The second and final stop of the ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup in Barnaul on Friday-Saturday will see Ryan step down to the 350m distance where she will be chasing an attractive first prize of €8000 ($14,200NZ) per event.

Ryan may have triumphed in China but she acknowledges her Russia assault over the K1 350m will present a different challenge.

“Barnaul is going to be tough,” she adds. “It’s going to be a faster race and it will bring out the strengths of the 200m paddlers. I am lucky because I have both strength and endurance which will really help me for this event. I think if I trust my speed I should be okay. It’s cool to be able to display my speed in K1 this weekend because I’ve never raced internationally in a real speed event.”

The heats of the K1 350m in Barnaul on Saturday take place from 3.25pm (NZ time) with quarter-finals at 4.50pm. The first semi-final takes place at 10.31pm with the A Final at 11.17pm.

In a unique feature event on Friday, male and female athletes will be randomly paired to race in mixed C2 and K2 boats over the ultra-short distance of 100m.

To follow a livestream of the event visit www.canoeicf.com 

Schedule for the Super Cup.

Article Courtesy Steve Landells 

Ryan claims eye-catching win in inaugural Super Cup event

Caitlin Ryan claimed an impressive and lucrative victory ahead of a world-class field in the inaugural canoe sprint Pre-Super Cup in Linyi, China.

Caitlin K1 500 gold.jpg

Caitlin Ryan claimed an impressive and lucrative victory ahead of a world-class field in the inaugural canoe sprint Pre-Super Cup in Linyi, China.

The World K2 500m and K4 500m silver medallist destroyed the opposition to take the K1 victory by a winning margin of 1.235seconds from 2017 World K1 500m champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus over the non-conventional distance of 600m.

Ryan, who is excited to attend the innovative series which moves on to Barnaul in Russia on Friday, earned a first prize of €4000 ($7100 NZ) for her first-place display in China.

“It was really cool to win, to be honest I didn’t expect it but for me it was about the opportunity to learn, which is exciting for the future,” said Ryan, who says with a laugh the handy prize money will go towards savings for a house.

“I think I adapted as well as I could (to the 600m distance) for someone who has just been on holiday. It was a long race that hurt a lot but I had to trust that I had a huge amount of endurance going into World Champs (last month) and that surely I couldn’t have lost it all. When I’m in full form the 600m would suit me well.”

Ryan qualified second quickest in the morning heats recording a time of 2:23.988 – around a second slower than Khudzenka. However, the 26-year-old North Shore paddler laid down a marker for the final by qualifying fastest from the semi-finals in a rapid 2:20.816.

In yesterday’s final Ryan, the 2017 World K2 500m champion alongside Lisa Carrington, revealed her class to stop the clock in 2:24.272 to clinch the decisive win from her Belarussian rival. Australia’s Alyce Burnett, the 2017 World K1 1000m champion, was a distant third in 2:28.275.

As a measure of the quality of the event other race winners included 2018 World K1 1000m and K1 5000m champion Fernando Pimenta of Portugal, who claimed victory in the men’s K1 600m and 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Canada, who was triumphant in the women’s C1 600m.

The second and final stop of the ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup in Barnaul on Friday-Saturday will see Ryan step down to the 350m distance where she will be chasing an attractive first prize of €8000 ($14,200NZ) per event.

Ryan may have triumphed in China but she acknowledges her Russia assault over the K1 350m will present a different challenge.

“Barnaul is going to be tough,” she adds. “It’s going to be a faster race and it will bring out the strengths of the 200m paddlers. I am lucky because I have both strength and endurance which will really help me for this event. I think if I trust my speed I should be okay. It’s cool to be able to display my speed in K1 this weekend because I’ve never raced internationally in a real speed event.”

The heats of the K1 350m in Barnaul on Saturday take place from 3.25pm (NZ time) with quarter-finals at 4.50pm. The first semi-final takes place at 10.31pm with the A Final at 11.17pm.

In a unique feature event on Friday, male and female athletes will be randomly paired to race in mixed C2 and K2 boats over the ultra-short distance of 100m.

To follow a livestream of the event visit www.canoeicf.com 

Schedule for the Super Cup.

Article Courtesy Steve Landells 

Ryan claims eye-catching win in inaugural Super Cup event
 

 

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