Lisa Carrington has qualified for the A Final to contest the Gold Medal for the K1W 500m Canoe Sprint.
After wining the Gold Medal in her strongest suit, the K1W 200m, just 24 hours earlier, Lisa's challenge was to come down from such a mental high to focus on the race at hand.
Physically, the quick turnaround between the heats and semifinals tested the fitness of all the athletes; especially those who also raced in the Olympic Canoe Sprint Finals yesterday.
Carrington admitted she held back in Heat 1, in a tactical move mirrored by most of the competitors as they only needed to finish 5th or above to progress. Consequently times were slow: Carrington comfortably won the race yet placed only the 12th fastest time.
The Semifinal races were something else entirely. Only the 1st and 2nd from each heat, plus the best two 3rd placed athletes qualified for the A Finals.
It’s pretty tough out there, the competition is incredibly strong, some girls aren't making it through that are great paddlers so you have to be at your best.
Fortunately Lisa drew a relatively easy draw for Semifinal 1, with Litvinchuk of Belarus and Ruzicic Benedick of Serbia her main opponents. Litvinchuk pulled away in the first 500m and could not be caught. Carrington placed second.
I was consolidating, I didn't want to chase her, just do what I can do… [it’s important to] use energy efficiently. I paddled hard as could at the time.Lisa Carrington
As the fifth fastest qualifier, Lisa Carrington is beginning to look like the underdog. Kozak of Hungary, who was already the favourite, is the fastest qualifier, followed by Litvinchuk, Weber, Jorgensen.
It really could be anyone's race. A good recovery will be key to a good performance in the A Final, scheduled to start at 01:04am Friday NZT.
K1W 500m A Final Official Start List
1 CHN ZHOU Yu
2 NZL CARRINGTON Lisa
3 DEN JORGENSEN Emma
5 GER WEBER Franziska
5 BLR LITVINCHUK Maryna
6 HUN KOZAK Danuta
7 AZE OSIPENKO-RODOMSKA Inna
8 RUS ANIUSHINA Elena
It was a strong start from Carrington, who was first out of the buckets followed by Jorgensen. Carrington fell into a steady rhythm while the the Dane speed ahead, quickly gaining distance from the pack.
Gradually Lisa clawed back the distance between them, winning easily by about half a boat length. Third and fourth place was closely contested between Cawthorne of Great Britain and Teresa Portela of Portugal with Mengana of Cuba and Alef En Ismil of Tunisia both well back.
Heat 1 Official Results
1 NZL CARRINGTON Lisa 1:54.765 Qualified for Semifinals
2 DEN JORGENSEN Emma 1:55.660 Qualified for Semifinals
3 POR PORTELA Teresa 1:56.439 Qualified for Semifinals
4 GBR CAWTHORN Rachel 1:56.612 Qualified for Semifinals
5 KAZ ANANCHENKO Zoya 1:58.136 Qualified for Semifinals
6 CUB MENGANA Yusmari2:02.162 Eliminated
7 TUN BEN ISMAIL Afef2:08.170 Eliminated
The race was a showdown between favourite Kozak and Litvinchuk of Belarus. The Hungarian lead convincingly from the start, up half a second at the 250m mark – the margin closed to half a boat length at the finish line.
Heat 2 Official Results
1 HUN KOZAK Danuta 1:53.427 Qualified for Semifinals
2 BLR LITVINCHUK Maryna 1:53.966 Qualified for Semifinals
3 RSA HARTLEY Bridgitte Ellen 1:55.737 Qualified for Semifinals
4 GER WEBER Franziska 1:56.601 Qualified for Semifinals
5 TUR LIEPA Lasma 1:59.581 Qualified for Semifinals
6 BRA VERGUTZ Ana Paula 2:00.680 Eliminated
7 PLW TORIBIONG Marina 2:14.807 Eliminated
Fournel of Canada made a strong start, leading at half way, before China’s Zhou decided to make her mark on the race, coming through strongly to win by half a boat length. Fournel was followed closely by Ukrainian Povkh, but they looked like they were cruising to the Semis.
Heat 3 Official Results
1 CHN ZHOU Yu 1:53.043 Qualified for Semifinals
2 CAN FOURNEL Emilie 1:53.670 Qualified for Semifinals
3 UKR POVKH Mariya 1:54.247 Qualified for Semifinals
4 SWE JOHANSSON Karin 1:55.049 Qualified for Semifinals
5 SLO PONOMARENKO JANIC Spela 1:55.934 Qualified for Semifinals
6 USA HOGAN Maggie 1:58.970 Eliminated
7 SAM CAIRNS Anne 2:01.885 Eliminated
Osipenko-Rodomska sprang out of the starting buckets and comfortably dominated her heat to qualify fastest for the semifinals. Second and third place were closely contested by Wojnarowska and Aniushina.
Heat 4 Official Results
1 AZE OSIPENKO-RODOMSKA Inna 1:51.750 Qualified for Semifinals
2 POL WOJNAROWSKA Ewelina 1:52.193 Qualified for Semifinals
3 RUS ANIUSHINA Elena 1:52.597 Qualified for Semifinals
4 SVK KOHLOVA Martina 1:53.167 Qualified for Semifinals
5 SRB RUZICIC BENEDEK Dalma 1:54.048 Qualified for Semifinals
6 AUS FLOOD Naomi 1:54.150 Qualified for Semifinals
Looking relaxed, Carrington had a strong start and fell into a good rhythm. Litvinchuk speed ahead, grabbing the lead that she would not relinquish. Lisa turned it on with 200m to go, her signature move, but could not take first. She seemed comfortable with second, knowing it was enough to make the A Final. Ruzicic placed third in 1:57.294sec but it was not fast enough to make the A Final.
Semifinal 1 Official Results
1 BLR LITVINCHUK Maryna 1:55.641 Qualified for Final A
2 NZL CARRINGTON Lisa 1:56.155 Qualified for Final A
3 SRB RUZICIC BENEDEK Dalma 1:57.294 Qualified for Final A
4 SWE JOHANSSON Karin 1:59.321 Qualified for Final B
5 POL WOJNAROWSKA Ewelina 1:59.458 Qualified for Final B
6 UKR POVKH Mariya 2:00.714 Eliminated
7 KAZ ANANCHENKO Zoya 2:01.660 Eliminated
The Hungarian raced like she had something to prove, almost 1 sec ahead at halfway, definitively smashed the field by almost a boat length in 1:54.241sec. Zhou was pipped at the post to take third in 1:55.311sec. Just ahead, Jorgensen grabbed second place, 1:55.193sec. All three will start in the A Final.
Semifinal 2 Official Results
1 HUN KOZAK Danuta 1:54.241 Qualified for Final A
2 DEN JORGENSEN Emma 1:55.193 Qualified for Final A
3 CHN ZHOU Yu 1:55.311 Qualified for Final A
4 RUS ANIUSHINA Elena 1:57.229 Qualified for Final B
5 SVK KOHLOVA Martina 1:57.801 Qualified for Final B
6 AUS FLOOD Naomi 2:01.910 Eliminated
7 TUR LIEPA Lasma 2:08.450 Eliminated
Azerbaijan's Ozepenko-Rodomska explodes from start, but beaten in last 250m by Weber of Germany (1:56.515sec). Ozepenko-Rodomska placed second to secure her place in the A Final (1:57.627sec) Ponomarenko Janic took third (1:58.098sec) but it was too slow: she qualified for the B Final.
Semifinal 3 Official Results
1 GER WEBER Franziska 1:56.515 Qualified for Final A
2 AZJ OSIPENKO-RODOMSKA Inna 1:57.627 Qualified for Final A
3 SLO PONOMARENKO JANIC Spela 1:58.098 Qualified for Final B
4 POR PORTELA Teresa 1:58.360 Qualified for Final B
5 RSA HARTLEY Bridgitte Ellen 1:58.397 Qualified for Final B
6 GBR CAWTHORN Rachel 1:58.410 Qualified for Final B
7 CAN FOURNEL Emilie 1:59.638 Eliminated
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