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Carrington adds silver to World Cup gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016

Lisa Carrington has emerged with gold and silver medals from the first sprint canoe World Cup regatta in Germany, along with a clearer idea of her Olympic prospects.

Olympic champion Carrington followed victory in the K1 200m in Duisburg on Saturday with a runners-up paddle in the 500m final, where she was beaten by returning Hungarian Danuta Kozak.

It was a wake-up call for Carrington, who won both events at last year's world championships in the absence of Kozak, the London Olympic 500m champion who concentrated on team events in 2015.

Kozak won in 1min 47.071sec, more than a second clear of Carrington, who held off third-placed Inna Onishenko-Rodomska of Azerbaijan.

Carrington says she raced to her plan and is pleased to have good idea of the challenge that lies in wait at the Rio Olympics, where she is pursuing gold in both distances.

She is skipping the second World Cup in the Czech Republic to train and will return for the third in Portugal in early June.

"It's nice to race and get that one done and figure out what I can work on. I am really happy with the weekend and incredibly happy with my 200m," she said.

"I've just got to consolidate for a bit, do some practice and hopefully in Portugal put in some of what we've learnt here into practice."

New Zealand won a third medal in Duisburg, a K4 200m bronze to the women's crew of Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie, who finished a boat length behind winners Belarus.

The foursome, who will race the K4 500m at Rio, weren't as polished in the final of the longer race. They placed fifth in a race won by the Ukraine.

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