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Fisher grabs sprint canoe title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

Aimee Fisher has stepped up in the absence of world and Olympic champion Lisa Carrington to win her first New Zealand K1 200m title at Lake Karapiro.

Fisher, 22, stormed home in 38.15 seconds on Friday, more than a boat length clear of Olympic K4 teammate Caitlin Ryan, who crossed in 39.27.

Kayla Imrie, another member of the K4 which finished fifth in Rio, finished a solid third but was disqualified for a boat weight infraction, promoting Auckland paddler Briar McLeely into third.

Fisher was thrilled to get the three-day championships off to a winning start.

"It's been a long time since I've won a national title - I think the last one was in 2013, so it's been a pretty dry spell," she said.

Fisher's focus now turns to adding the K1 500m title to her collection on Saturday.

"For the 500 especially, I just want to be brave. Sometimes it can be hard to go 100 per cent and you know it's going to hurt.

"The goal for tomorrow is to be aggressive off the line and hopefully the rest of it will take care of itself."

Carrington has won the last eight K1 200m national titles but elected to skip the single-boat racing this weekend, following a lengthy break after her double-medal heroics in Rio.

She quickly made an impact in team boats, however, joining fellow Whakatane paddler Jaimee Lovett to win the K2 200m, then combining with Lovett, Rachel Clarke and Anne Cairns to win the K4 200m.

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