24 Aug 2015

Carrington rapt with history making performance

7:39 am on 24 August 2015

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington cemented her place as the World's fastest female canoe racer as she easily defended her K1 200m title at the World Championships in Milan.

New Zealand kayaker Lisa Carrington

New Zealand kayaker Lisa Carrington Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It's the first time Carrington has held two canoe sprint world titles, adding to the K1 500m crown she collected for the first time earlier in the meet.

It was the 26-year-old's fourth consecutive world title over that distance in the K1 200m event for which she is also the reigning Olympic champion.

The New Zealander won the final in a time of 40.06 seconds, .64 of a second faster than the silver medalist from Poland.

A weary Carrington says it was a tough schedule to overcome, but she's rapt with her history making performance.

"It was pretty tough having four days of racing and racing the 500 [K1 500m] which was a really, a really big challenge to rise up and do that event and then today to do the 200 [K1 200m] which was also really hard to back up two big races."

"But it's been a really good weekend and I'm really happy with how things have gone."

Carrington's two wins this year take her overall World Championship gold medal haul to five, meaning she passes Paul MacDonald as New Zealand's most successful world championship canoe racer.