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Lisa Carrington blitzes field at World Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/05/2016
Lisa Carrington © Getty Lisa Carrington

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington has opened the first canoe sprint World Cup of the year in typically dominant fashion, qualifying fastest for the women's K1 200m final in Germany.

Olympic and world champion Carrington was in a class of her own in both the heats and semi-finals at Duisburg, clocking 40.200sec in her semi-final to win by more than half a second.

A comfortable second in the same race was New Zealander Aimee Fisher, who did enough to qualify fifth-fastest for Saturday's final. Fisher is using the K1 races to warm up for the women's K4 500m discipline, which features the Olympic-qualified Kiwi crew.

Carrington's main rival in the final shapes as Sarah Guyot of France, who won the second of four semi-finals in 40.592sec.

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. The 500m heats follow the 200m final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Rio-bound Kiwi men's paddler Marty McDowell failed to qualify for his specialist men's K1 1000m final.

He was solid early on, placing second in his heat in what was the 17th-fastest time.

However, he struggled in his semi-final, paddling more than 3sec slower in 3:42.03 to be 28th-fastest out of 36 paddlers. He will contest the C-final.

There are two further World Cup regattas ahead of the Olympics in August.

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