It was an action-packed start to Day Four of the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary with three races in the opening half an hour.
Racing started with Madison Garrett and Natasha Macgibbon pushing hard for a sixth-place finish in the K2 Women 500m Junior B-Final.
The K2 Women 500m U23 B-Final was next up for Team New Zealand. In a tight race, Samalulu Clifton and Lucy Matehaere finished in eighth.
Grant Clancy and Thomas Macgibbon lined up for the K2 Men 500m U23 C-Final. The Kiwi pair pushed for third until the final stroke but would have to settle for a fifth-placed finish.
When the Kiwis returned to the water a few hours later, it was Damien da Silva and Isla Joyce placing eighth in K2 Mixed 500m Junior B-Final.
It was then time for some K1 action with Isla Joyce (8th in the K1 Women 1000m Junior B-Final) and Ben McCallum (5th in the K1 Men 1000m U23 B-Final) hitting the water.
The afternoon session started with three semifinals.
Continuing a busy schedule, Lucy Matehaere finished ninth in the K1 Women 500m U23 Semifinal.
Ben McCallum finished eighth in the K1 Men 500m U23 Semifinal before backing up in the C-Final (9th).
Greer Morley impressed in K1 Women 500m Junior, racing home for fourth in the Semifinal, before repeating the effort in the B-Final.
Racing on Day Four begins at 7 PM and will be live-streamed on ICF’s YouTube channel, Planet Canoe.
Canoe Racing NZ will be providing regular updates and results on the website and social media throughout the event.