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Carrington unfazed by rare defeat

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016
Lisa Carrington. © Getty Images Lisa Carrington.

Lisa Carrington's rare setback at the opening sprint canoe World Cup regatta won't impact on her campaign to win double gold at the Rio Olympics.

New Zealand multiple world champion Carrington isn't letting a second-placing in Germany last month affect her heading into the third and final World Cup in Portugal this weekend.

Carrington won her specialist K1 200m final in Duisburg but was beaten by reigning Olympic champion Danuta Kozak of Hungary in the 500m decider.

Since then, Olympic 200m champion Carrington and Rio-bound men's paddler Marty McDowell have been training in Munich under coach Gordon Walker, opting to skip the second World Cup in the Czech Republic.

Though she dominated the 200m - she's now won 12 consecutive major titles over the distance including the 2012 Olympics - Kozak's re-emergence in the longer event was a talking point.

Walker says World Cup results are interesting but they won't impact on Carrington's training approach, nor her mental state, two months out from her bid for twin golds at Rio.

"We always knew that Danuta would be back. The cream starts to rise to the top in the very last part of the four-year cycle and the intensity gets really high for those medals," he said.

"There's a long way to go between now and Rio. It's really about being in the best shape you can, once per year, and what it's going to take to do that is probably our biggest consideration."

McDowell, will contest the K1 1000m heats on Friday, was below his best in Duisburg after contracting an illness.

It had also affected his training, which Walker said may impact his performance in Montemore.

The Rio-bound Kiwi women's K4 500m crew won bronze in the Czech Republic but are skipping this week's regatta.

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