30 May 2015

NZ kayakers into Denmark finals

1:12 pm on 30 May 2015

The New Zealand kayak team have continued their impressive World Cup form with both Lisa Carrington and Marty McDowell reaching A finals in Denmark.

Lisa Carrington wins Olympic gold

Lisa Carrington wins Olympic gold Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The team is racing for the third and final week in a row, after World Cup events in Portugal and Germany.

Carrington cruised through both heats and semifinals in the K1 500 metres to qualify fastest for Saturday's final on Lake Bagsvaerd.

Carrington clocked 1min 58.420secs in her heat, then went 1:53.480 in her semifinal.

Only Britain's Rachel Cawthorn (1:54.348) was able to stick with her, while Germany's Melanie Gebhardt (1:58.852) and China's Yu Zhou (1:55.836) won the other two semifinals.

Carrington won the K1 200 and 500 metre races in Portugal, then sat out the shorter race in Germany.

McDowell finished third in his K1 1000 metre heat, then lifted things up a notch in his semifinal, taking more than 3 seconds off his heat time with a 3:49.204 to snatch second behind local favorite René Poulsen.