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Carrington blitzes to World Cup gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016

Olympic and world champion paddler Lisa Carrington has blitzed to a comprehensive K1 200m win at the first canoe sprint World Cup of the year in Germany.

The London Olympics gold medallist powered away to a 38.880sec win in Duisburg, comfortably clear of second-placed Ina Osipenko-Rodomska of Azerbaijan in 39.472 and Marta Walczykiewicz of Poland (39.631).

Carrington's Kiwi teammate Aimee Fisher, part of New Zealand's K4 500m crew for the Rio Olympics, was an encouraging eighth in 40.560.

Tauranga 26-year-old Carrington is already established as the paddler to beat at the Rio Olympics, where she will defend her 200m title and also chase gold over 500m.

She tested herself over the longer distance in Duisburg, winning her K1 500m heat in 1:49.885 before sealing a finals berth with a second-place semi-final finish in 1:48.540 behind Hungarian Danuta Kozak's 1:47.792.

Fisher joined Olympic teammates Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan and Kayla Imrie to finish third in 1:32.513 behind Belarus and France in the women's K4 semi-final and qualify for the A final.

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