CANOEING

Lisa Carrington & Erin Taylor Lisa Carrington & Erin Taylor CREDIT: Canoe Racing New Zealand
Steve Ferguson & Darryl Fitzgerald Steve Ferguson & Darryl Fitzgerald CREDIT: Canoe Racing New Zealand

ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1, Poznan, Poland

Monday 21 May 2012, 3:14PM
By Canoe Racing New Zealand
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The last day of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1 dawned bright and sunny and provided yet another prevailing headwind for the athletes to paddle into. It was a much smaller day completion-wise for the New Zealand kayak team before they pack up and head to Duisburg in Germany, with just the two K2 crews racing their 500m A finals.

Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor attacked this race with controlled aggression and were rewarded with a 5th place in the A final. They looked strong through the race and were well pleased with the improvement they have made over the last 9 months. Coach Gordon Walker comments Nine months ago they were racing at the World Championships and finished in 9th place, so that is rapid progress in a short time period for a relatively new crew. Of course we all are under no illusion that as you get to the ”pointy end” of any A final that progress becomes much harder.

The second and final race for the New Zealand team was also another A final for the non Olympic MK2 500m. Steve Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald took some inspiration from the girls race as they lined up. They were fast out of the blocks and were in front at the 250m mark then tried to “hang on”. Steve said he really started to feel the “burn” 100m out as the other crews pulled in front. They were very happy with their 4th place especially only missing the podium by 0.8 seconds.

The boats and gear have left with the coaches and support crew on the trek across Poland and Germany to Duisburg for the next World Cup regatta in a week’s time. The athletes fly out in the morning and are looking forward to the next bout of racing.

 

RESULTS

 

Paddler

Race

H/S/F

Placed

Time

Time Off 1st

Lisa Carrington & Erin Taylor

K2 500m

AF

5th

1:52.128

3.612s

Steven Ferguson & Darryl Fitzgerald

K2 500m

AF

4th

1:37.031

1.724

 

Athlete photos available on the website http://canoeracing.org.nz/2012-london-olympics