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Women's K4 paddlers win World Cup bronze

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

The New Zealand women's K4 crew are encouraged by their progress after winning a bronze medal at the sprint canoe World Cup regatta in the Czech Republic.

The Olympic-bound crew of Jaimee Lovett, Aimee Fisher, Caitlin Ryan and Kayla Imrie were fifth over 500m at the opening World Cup in Germany last week so were delighted to improve two places at Racice.

Lovett says they are still in the build-up phase for Rio, making the result more satisfying.

"We're all very happy with our campaign, considering we haven't done too much speed-endurance work to get us through the middle and back end of the races," she said.

"The team are confident we will only go forward from here."

The Kiwis made a fast start but found themselves fourth at the 250m point. They powered past a fading crew from China but couldn't make ground on winners Germany and Ukraine. Denmark and France were a considerable distance back in fourth and fifth.

Coach Rene Olsen says the quartet still have plenty of room to improve in the two months leading into Rio.

Earlier in the regatta, Lovett and Fisher won gold in the non-Olympic K2 200m.

The K4 will sit out the final World Cup regatta in Portugal beginning on Friday.

Olympic K1 paddlers Lisa Carrington and Marty McDowell will return to action after a 10-day training block in Berlin.

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