Lisa Carrington gets Silver in the WK1 500m A Final
The K1 500m A Final was a gladiatorial showdown for Lisa Carrington against the WK1 2008 and 2012 Gold Medalists, Danuta Kozák of Hungary and Inna Osipenko-Rodomska of Azerbaijan.
Lisa spent most of the race well behind and couldn’t catch the Hungarian, who at 1.125 seconds faster looked simply too strong. Kozák spent the last year paddling in Hungary’s World Championship medal winning K2 and K4 crew boats, and is likely to race in all three women’s 500m events in Rio. This could be a major hurdle for Lisa who is aiming for double gold in the K1 200m and K1 500m Olympic events.
"I'm racing the best paddlers in the world and the quality is extremely high - it's such a great opportunity to be able to race and practice against these girls here," Lisa said. "I stuck to my race plan and did what I needed to do and what I could do. It's nice to get that one done and figure out what we can work on."
It will be interesting to see what tweaks Lisa makes to her race plan while training in Portugal over the next fortnight.
Women’s K4 Team does NZ proud
Highlight of the day was the NZ K4 Women picking up a Bronze medal in the WK4 200m A Final, finishing just behind the World Champs Belarus and then the Ukraine. Although a non-olympic event, the 200m race demonstrated how hard the girls have been working under new coach Rene Polsen.
They looked strong in the WK4 500m race, which was dominated by the Ukraine, followed by Belarus. The girls were rightly happy with their fifth place performance, coming in just 1.032secs behind the medalists.
"We're really stoked with our races and how things are going," Ryan explained. "We know we've got time until Rio so we just wanted to see if we could give the start a really good crack, pushing it out to the 150m mark and trying to stay with Belarus, which we were able to do."
The K4 will race the second World Cup in the Czech Republic next weekend, hoping to continue their progress.
"We'll be focusing on the end of the race up to Rio and staying strong as a team but it's all coming together well. We're definitely on track and we've got time and we're patient - we're really excited."
Can’t wait to see how they go next week in Round 2 of the World Cup!
Image thanks to Jantex Portugal Facebook Page
Scott Martlew has competed his Rio Paralympic Dream with an eighth place finish in the A Final.