Kayaking: Lisa Carrington wins gold

By Greg Taipari

Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington has shown her golden touch in her first hit-out in a K1 since picking up her medal at the London Olympics.

Carrington was back in action on Tikitapu (Blue Lake) at the weekend for the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships which are also doubling as the International Canoe Federation Oceania sprint champs.

The 23-year-old was at her gold medal winning best in both the women's K1 500 and 200m events.

Carrington showed her class in the finals of the women's 500m race on Saturday, holding off an early challenge from Australian Hannah Davis. However, Carrington moved into a strong position at the front of the field and continued through to win the race by a margin of 1.1 seconds ahead of the Australian. Teneale Hatton produced a strong performance to finish third ahead of another Australian Jo Bridgen-Jones.

The Olympian repeated the performance today in her favoured event the women's K1 200m event. Powering away to win in a time of 39.81 seconds almost 2 seconds ahead of Australians Jo Bridgo-Jones (41.41) and Hannah Davis (41.65).

Racing for her club. The next Kiwi paddler home was Rachel Dodwell (42.19) in fourth and Jamie Lovett (43.23) in fifth.

Eastern Bay Canoe Racing, Carrington said she was happy to be back out on the water.

"I was a little bit sore for the first race but It's good to be back on home soil so to speak. You couldn't go anywhere else in the world and it would be like this."

Carrington said being back amongst her club mates was always special.

"It's really cool to have young kids coming through and it's quite a bit of a family community. So it's cool to be with them."

As well as Carrington the event saw a number of other Olympians taking part.

Olympian Ben Fouhy was second in the K1 100m behind Australian's Kenny Wallace the bronze medallist in Beijing and fifth in the K2 at London. Wallace dominated the event beating Fouhy by 3.5 seconds with fellow Australian Lachlan Tame third.

In the men's K1 500m Australia took out the two top spots with Olympian Kenny Wallace first and Lachlan Tame second. The first Kiwi home was Marty McDowell followed by Fouhy.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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