18 Feb 2013

Carrington cleans up canoe sprint champs

11:19 am on 18 February 2013

Olympian Lisa Carrington blitzed the field in her specialist event on day three of the Oceania and New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships near Rotorua on Sunday.

Earlier Carrington won the K1 500 metre title and on Sunday took out the 200 race with ease.

Carrington blasted out of the start and moved clear of the field, winning the race in a blistering sub 40 second time, faster than any of her Olympic times.

The next two places were filled by Australian paddlers with the next New Zealander being Rachael Dodwell.

In the open men's draw Kenny Wallace from Australia won both the K1 and K2 200m events.

Wallace's K2 partner Lachlan Tame made a clean sweep for the Australians by gaining second place in the K1 200.

New Zealand team member Scott Bicknell was third and the first New Zealand.

In the open women's K2 event the Australians turned the tide on the New Zealanders winning the 200 race, after the New Zealanders had won the 500 the day before.

However it was a close race with Dodwell and Jaimee Lovett finishing only 0.08 of a second behind the winners.