Canoeing: Three crews into World Cup finals

By David Leggat

Lisa Carrington is one of three New Zealand crews to make the finals of the World Cup in Poland. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Lisa Carrington is one of three New Zealand crews to make the finals of the World Cup in Poland. Photo / Brett Phibbs

New Zealand have three crews into A finals when the second day of the third and final World Cup canoeing regatta starts in Poland tonight.

Lisa Carrington followed her win in the K1 500m at the last regatta in the Czech Republic by qualifying second fastest for the final ini Poznan.

Carrington, the world and Olympic K1 200m champion - who will line up in that discipline later tonight - was second in her heat but after leading at halfway in her semifinal was pipped by Slovenian Janic Spela Ponomorenko. Ponomorenko clocked 2min 01.712s, with Carrington crossing in 2:02.780 and South African Brigitte Hartley third in 2:04.868.
All three were faster than the qualifiers from the second semifinal.

K2 500m women Teneale Hatton and Rachel Dodwell also advanced to their A final after finishing third in their semifinal in 1:54.150.

Theirs was a tight-run race, though. The New Zealanders pipped the French combination by .084s.

Single seater Ben Fouhy missed his A final by a slim margin too.

Having been fifth in his heat but comfortably into the semifinals, Fouhy was third with 250m to go in a race where the top three made the A final.

However the former world champion was run down by France's Vincent Lecrubier, Fouhy recording 3:47.946, .524s behind the Frenchman.

And there was delight for the young K4 1000m crew of Daryl and Jarrod Fitzgerald, Zac Quickenden and Jasper Bats, when they advance to the A final after winning their semifinal in 3:14.335, ahead of Canada and Mexico.

Bats and Daryl Fitzgerald will also contest the K2 500m B final.

- NZ Herald

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