18 Aug 2016

Carrington makes the finals in the K1 500m

6:00 am on 18 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - Two controlled performances have secured champion kayaker Lisa Carrington a place in the K1 500m finals.

Lisa Carrington competes in the Women's Kayak Single (K1) 500m event at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016.

Kayaker Carrington came in first in her heat in the K1 500m race in Rio. Photo: AFP

Carrington had a good start in her semifinal, sitting in second behind the Belarusian Maryna Litvinchuk.

She pushed hard in the third quarter but couldn't quite pull the Belarusian back, coming second with a time of 1:56.155.

In her heat, the 27-year-old was initially in second place, just behind the Dane Emma Jorgensen, but nudged just ahead at the halfway mark.

She pushed her lead out to half a boat length, finishing with a time of 1:54.765.

She told Sky Sport after the race that it was tough out on the water, with a very strong field of competitors.

Carrington has already won gold in Rio, taking the women's K1 200m yesterday, making it back-to-back Olympic golds.

Watch Lisa Carrington speaking after yesterday's gold medal win:

Carring told told Sky Sport today: "having to come back to do a heat and semi today really just grounded me, so it is a nice feeling."

She is now well placed to become the first New Zealand woman to win multiple golds in individual events at a single Games.

The Whakatane-raised Carrington, of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Ngati Porou descent, is a four-time world champion in the 200m event.

- RNZ

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