Lisa Carrington races to win in her semifinal in Germany. Image thanks to Jantex Portugal Facebook
Awarding the most consistent performers, points are accumulated over the three events, culminating in the crowning of the world champion. What’s more, the races are a fantastic prequel to the Olympics.
Competitors are the crème de la crème or international paddlers have qualified (or are in the last stages of qualifying) for the Rio Olympics 2016, which begins in August.
Last year, the new Nelo Cinco had just been released and the paddlers were just getting used to its groundbreaking design. This year we will really get to see what the boat is capable of in the hands of thoroughly trained athletes. It will be fantastic racing for sure.
How to follow the racing
Web based Live Streaming: The Canoe ICF will have live coverage of all races on You Tube and their website here
Sky TV – LIVE: From Thursday evening Sky TV will have live coverage on Sky Sport 4 from 8.40pm
ICF Website: For more details about the racing visit the ICF Website here
Marty placed a strong 2nd in his Heat, leading for much of that race. In the Semi Final, Marty placed 4th against Denmark's René Holten Poulsen, who won in 3:35.848, with McDowell clocking 3:42.033. The other semi-final winners were Max Hoff (Germany), Serbian Dejan Pajic and Aleh Yurenia (Belarus).
Aimee was the surprise of the day, battling nerves to come 2nd in her heat. She came 2nd behind Lisa in the Semi Final, setting a personal best the fifth fastest qualifying time for the A final tomorrow.
Fisher clocked 40.797secs in the semi-final, with Carrington's 40.200 comfortably the fastest time of the day.
"It was awesome to be able to line up with Lisa - it was just like being at home and I'm really looking forward to the final tomorrow to see how the Kiwi girls can go," a jubilant Fisher said. "Racing K1 has been so much fun. It was a massive experience and I'm also really looking forward to taking all that stuff I've learned into the K4 tomorrow."
As expected, Lisa placed 1st in her heat, 1st in semi-final. She looked comfortable and in control, powering to the fastest qualifying time for the A Final.
27-29 May 2016, Raçice, Czech Republic
The K4 Women race on Saturday afternoon in Race 103 at 16:10 or 104 at 16:16.
The final for the K4 500m will be on Sunday at 10:24
3-5 June 2016, Montemor, Portugal
With a week of training under their belts, Lisa and Marty will be amping to get back into the racing. Meanwhile the NZ K4 Women will be back at home in New Zealand focusing on their Olympic goals.