Ryan earns bumper pay-day after securing Sprint Cup double

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Versatile Caitlin Ryan proved the queen of all distances and banked more than $21,000 to boot as she added the 350m title in Barnaul, Russia to the 600m crown she landed in China last week in the inaugural ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup series.

The 26-year-old Kiwi once again produced an exemplary display of her all-round kayaking skills to hold off the challenge of 2017 World K1 500m champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus and triumph over the non-conventional distance of 350m.

Ryan’s victory in front of a capacity crowd which lined the Barnaul waterway is testament to the class of the North Shore paddler, who earned K2 500m and K4 500m silver medals at last month’s World Championships and who also set a world record mark for the K1 500m distance in Szeged, Hungary earlier this year.

The New Zealander pocketed €4000 ($7100 NZ) for her 600m triumph in the ICF Canoe Sprint Pre-Super Cup in Linyi, China last Tuesday and a further €8000 ($14,200 NZ) for her rip-roaring success in Barnaul, Siberia.

Ryan, who took a holiday after last month’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships during which who announced her engagement to partner Nick Regal, said: “I thought it would be really hard to get going again after a bit of break, but this has been awesome.

“To be able to express myself and who I am on the water has been really cool. To be able to do this today was a really great experience for me. 

"I didn’t judge the 350 (metres) very well in my heat, but I got it right in the semi and the final. It’s been a great year.”

In the heats Ryan went out too aggressively and paid the price in the latter half of the race as she wound up second 1.230 adrift of Khudzenka, who recorded 1:17.293.

In the semi-final Ryan produced a far more controlled display to register 1:19:484 to take victory – some 0.390 clear of Russian Elena Aniushina. 

A confident Ryan, drawn in lane two in the final, led from the early stages and successfully repelled the Belarussian’s challenge to stop the clock in 1:17:606 and clinch victory by 0.522.

Article by Steve Landells


 

Ryan earns bumper pay-day after securing Sprint Cup double

Versatile Caitlin Ryan proved the queen of all distances and banked more than $21,000 to boot as she added the 350m title in Barnaul, Russia to the 600m crown she landed in China last week in the inaugural ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup series.

caitlin_ryan_newzealand_barnaul.jpg

Versatile Caitlin Ryan proved the queen of all distances and banked more than $21,000 to boot as she added the 350m title in Barnaul, Russia to the 600m crown she landed in China last week in the inaugural ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup series.

The 26-year-old Kiwi once again produced an exemplary display of her all-round kayaking skills to hold off the challenge of 2017 World K1 500m champion Volha Khudzenka of Belarus and triumph over the non-conventional distance of 350m.

Ryan’s victory in front of a capacity crowd which lined the Barnaul waterway is testament to the class of the North Shore paddler, who earned K2 500m and K4 500m silver medals at last month’s World Championships and who also set a world record mark for the K1 500m distance in Szeged, Hungary earlier this year.

The New Zealander pocketed €4000 ($7100 NZ) for her 600m triumph in the ICF Canoe Sprint Pre-Super Cup in Linyi, China last Tuesday and a further €8000 ($14,200 NZ) for her rip-roaring success in Barnaul, Siberia.

Ryan, who took a holiday after last month’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships during which who announced her engagement to partner Nick Regal, said: “I thought it would be really hard to get going again after a bit of break, but this has been awesome.

“To be able to express myself and who I am on the water has been really cool. To be able to do this today was a really great experience for me. 

"I didn’t judge the 350 (metres) very well in my heat, but I got it right in the semi and the final. It’s been a great year.”

In the heats Ryan went out too aggressively and paid the price in the latter half of the race as she wound up second 1.230 adrift of Khudzenka, who recorded 1:17.293.

In the semi-final Ryan produced a far more controlled display to register 1:19:484 to take victory – some 0.390 clear of Russian Elena Aniushina. 

A confident Ryan, drawn in lane two in the final, led from the early stages and successfully repelled the Belarussian’s challenge to stop the clock in 1:17:606 and clinch victory by 0.522.

Article by Steve Landells


 
Ryan earns bumper pay-day after securing Sprint Cup double
 

 

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