Canoeing: Lisa Carrington through to K1 500m final at sprint world championships

  • 25/08/2018
Lisa Carrington.
Lisa Carrington. Photo credit: Photosport

Lisa Carrington has qualified fastest for the women's K1 500m final at the canoe sprint world champs in Portugal, dominating her semi-final on Saturday morning (NZ time).

The 29-year-old crossed the line in a time of 1m 49.484s, more than a second faster than reigning Olympic champion Hungary's Duanuta Kozak.

The final will take place at 11:03pm on Saturday night (NZ time).

Earlier in the day, para-canoeist Scott Martlew won silver in the final of the men's KL2 200m, with a time of 42.360s, which was 0.625s back from Curtis McGrath of Australia.

"It has been a long road to get here, and it means a lot to win silver," said Martlew.

"Competing as I have in previous years as a KL3 and to be finally reclassified, into what I believe is the correct classification, was big for me. After many years of grinding away, It is an amazing feeling to be on the podium.

"I definitely came here wanting to win gold. I made a good start and had a good middle (of the race), but Curtis came through at the end. It was similar to what happened in the World Cup [earlier this year], but I certainly have something to build on for next time."

Meanwhile, Rebecca Cole missed out on advancing to the final of the women's K1 1000m, with a fifth-place finish in her semi-final.