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June 03, 2016

Exciting finale predicted for the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup.

2016 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Round 3, Montemor Portugal


Lucky Monday’s a holiday – we’ll be staying up late to watch the finals!

Lisa Carrington

Lisa Carrington will be hoping for a better result in the K1 500m since her arch rival, Danuta Kozák will not be racing.

The Hungarian absolutely smashed the field in Round One at Duisburg a fortnight ago. Although that race will be hanging heavily over the Kiwi and her coach, Gordon Walker has his eye on the main prize: double gold at the Olympics in Rio.

Walker is a big fan of modern coaching techniques – measurement, statistics, video – so even a bad race can pay dividends in the long run. He’s looking to take everything they learn at the World Cup and refine it for Rio.

"It's really about being in the best shape you can, once per year, and what it's going to take to do that is probably our biggest consideration. Testing ourselves at this World Cups is helpful to a degree but it's more important that internally we know what we're doing and we're confident we know where we're going on a day-to-day basis."

Its worth remembering Lisa is often described as the most consistent athlete in the sport of Canoe and Kayak. She has not been beaten in the K1 200m since 2012.

Lisa has a relatively easy K1 500 1st Heat and is expected to go straight to the A Final where she will likely meet European Champion Ewelina Wojnarowska of Poland. 

Marty McDowell

As with Lisa, Marty McDowell was looking to use the World Cup as part of his build up to Rio. Unfortunately he has been struggling with health issues since arriving in Europe a few weeks ago.

"He was a little unwell before World Cup 1 and since then, he's had to back off quite considerably.” Says coach Gordon Walker. “We're just taking things day-by-day and hopefully if he comes right, he'll be able to get a good start at World Cup 3 and start building some confidence."

Marty’s chances look promising thanks to a favorable line up in the 3rd Heat, which could see him make the Semis at least. Fingers crossed Marty!

Officials also represent!

Shout out to NZ’s own Matt Warren and Karen Simpson Warren who are officiating this weekend. Good luck.

Race Times

DAY ONE, 3 June 2016

Marty McDowell
MK1 100m, 3rd Heat (Race 5) 09:58:00 (20:58 NZT)
1st to final A, 2/7 to semifinal, rest out

UPDATE: Marty placed fourth in the 3rd Heat, and race in the 1st Semifinal (Race 21) scheduled to start at 02:37 NZT.

Dostal (CZE), Pimenta (POR) and Roza (ESP) finished quite close together with significant clear water between them and the main group. Marty lead the rest of the pack, 28.552 secs behind the leader (Dostal finished in 3:42.244).

Marty's next race details:

MK1 1000m 1st Semi (Race 21) 15:37 (02:37 NZT)

(2nd Semi is straight after (Race 22) 15:44  (02:44 NZT))
1/3 to final A, 4/7 + next BT to final B, rest out

Lisa Carrington
WK1 200m, 3rd Heat (Race 14) 11:25  (22:25 NZT)
1st to final A, 2/7 to semifinal, rest out

WK1 200m 1st Semi (Race 26), 16:26 (03:26 NZT)
WK1 200m 2nd Semi, (Race 27), 16:30 (03:30 NZT)
1/3 to final A, 4/7 + next BT to final B, rest out


DAY TWO, 4th June 2016

Marty McDowell
MK1 1000m B Final (Race 31) 10:45 (21:45 NZT)
MK1 1000m A Final (Race 36) 11:46 (22:46 NZT)

Lisa Carrington 
WK1 200m A Final (Race 38) 12:05 (23:05 NZT)

WK1 500m 1st Heat (Race 55), 15:35 (02:35 NZT)
OBS.: 1st to final A, 2/7 to semifinal, rest out.

WK1 500m 1st Semi (Race 71) 17:42 (04:42 NZT)
WK1 500m 2nd Semi (Race 72) 17:48 (04:48 NZT)
OBS.: 1/3 to final A, 4/7 + next BT to final B, rest out.

DAY THREE 5th June 2016

Lisa Carrington 
WK1 500m A Final (Race 80) 10:39 (21:39) NZT)


Canoe Portugal Facebook Page

Has some nice video of the set up at Montemor, the athletes warming up – the atmosphere looks pretty relaxed, or maybe that’s just the sunny soundtrack.

Canoe Sprint Portugal Website timetable and results page

Has an impressive new online live start list and result page. It features the current world Champs, European Champion, European and World Best time in each event. Very cool. It also has a ‘virtual race animation’, including split timing and real time finish results. Looking forward to seeing what it adds to the racing experience for avid spectators!

ICF Live Stream

Canoe Portugal say they will be live streaming the FULL event, using 12+ cameras, cable cam and also drone live footage. SKY SPORT ONE That’s right – we’ve made it to the big time.


Sky Sport will play live coverage

Check the listings for more details


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