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Monday, 5 December 2016
The 18-year-old posted a decent upset at the Blue Lakes 2 regatta at Tikitapu, near Rotorua, today by winning the men’s K1 1000m.He clocked a sharp 3min 42.79sec time, 2.35secs clear of Mana’s Kurtis Imrie, with Steven Armstrong (Arawa) third, just 0.20secs behind Imrie in 3:45.34.
Thompson, who is coached by former Olympic great and father Alan, was delighted with the win but has his feet firmly on the ground.“I’m just trying to get fitter and focus more on long-term goals, instead of trying to peak each year,” Thompson said. “If I can build a good base fitness, I’ll be in a good position heading into my first year of under-23 and open. I’m still pretty young so it’s a good time to get that base for the future.”
The Poverty Bay star spent nearly five months of winter based in Europe, with a big training block in the Czech Republic, followed by a short stint in Slovenia.
“The first two months, I felt I made massive leaps and then fell apart in Slovenia and didn’t have a flash world championships. I lost a bit of weight and just didn’t feel that great while I was racing. I feel like I’m back on track now.”
Imrie impressed on the first day of the regatta, collecting the K1 200m title with a 35.75sec effort, ahead of North Shore paddler Jamie Banhidi (36.10) and Hawke’s Bay’s William Wilkins. Imrie also paired with Taris Harker, with the pair pulling away comfortably and collecting the K2 200m title from Ashton Reiser and Karl McMurtrie. Wilkins and Ben Tinnelly were third in the K2 200m, but shows their endurance to win the K2 1000m in 3:27.79, nearly 3secs clear of Imrie and Ben Duffy (Arawa), with Thompson and Zac Ferkins third for Poverty Bay in 3:31.58.
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