She might be an Olympic champion but Lisa Carrington finished back in the field in the surf ski race at the 2012 surf lifesaving world championships in Adelaide today.
Carrington won her heat and was fourth in her semifinal yesterday but had to settle for 10th of 16 paddlers in today's final won by Manly's Naomi Flood, who won her third world title. Devon Halligan, who helped New Zealand win the team's world championships earlier this week, was fifth also racing for the Manly club.
It was Carrington's first competitive event since winning gold in the K1 200m at the London Olympics. She has a background in surf ski lifesaving, having joined the Whakatane Surf Club when she was eight and starting ski paddling when she was 14 before turning her hand to canoe sprint racing. The 23-year-old was the 2011 national ski race champion.
Carrington took six weeks off training after London but has been back on the water for the past couple of months as she gears up for another season of canoe sprint racing.