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Carrington win at World Series

Monday, May 13, 2013

Carrington win at World Series

Bay of Plenty kayaking sensation Lisa Carrington has stamped her mark on her favoured K1 200metre event overnight winning the first of the ICF Sprint World Cup Events in Szeged, Hungary.

The 23-year-old Ohope kayaker dominated both her heat and semi-final races winning both convincingly and clocking a strong time of in the semi of 40.495 ahead of second placed Russian Natalia Podolskaya (41.095).

Despite paddling into a head wind she produced the fastest time of the day and up there with her Olympic best time in London 2012.

Earlier in the day Lisa won the B final in the WK1 500m. This is a new event for Lisa, and one she is still finding her feet in. This win gave her a top 10 ranking for the distance so far this year and shows her versatility.

The head wind continued to hold times back throughout the day, but the Kiwis enjoyed the 28 degree temperatures and were particularly pleased with the performance of newly-formed K2 pairing Teneale Hatton and Rachael Dodwell.

The pair finished fourth in the A final of the K2 500m missing the podium by 1.3 seconds. The pair were rapt especially after a poor performance in the heats.

Coach Gordon Walker says "they had a mozza of a heat, but we just said that was a bad race and moved on". And move on they did with the crew sitting in seventh at the half way point they put in the second fastest time in the second half of the race to pull them into fourth spot.

Ben Fouhy seemed to have a similar race plan in his B final of the Mens K1 1000m, and after a poor start he played catch up throughout the race. In fact he was still in last place at the three-quarter point of the race and had one of this trade mark finishes steaming up into third place.

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