Canoeing: Lisa Carrington and Scott Martlew clinch World Cup gold

  • 26/05/2019

Kiwi canoeists Lisa Carrington and Scott Martlew have topped their respective podiums at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup in Poznan, Poland on Sunday (NZT).

Para canoeist Martlew blitzed the field for gold in the men's KL2 200m on Lake Malta, followed 90 minutes later by another K1 200m title for Carrington.

Double Olympic champion Carrington took command early then pulled away late to cross the line over a boat length ahead of her nearest rival in trying conditions to keep her seven-year unbeaten record intact.

"Today racing was pretty tough," said Carrington. "We had windy conditions, although it did help with the times as they were pretty quick."

"Just seeing our other crews paddling well, including our younger girls and the men's team has made this a really good regatta. There are a lot of countries competing here, which raises standards and makes you race harder."

The 29-year-old later joined forces with the women's K4 to clinch a spot in Sunday night's final.

Martlew qualified fastest for his final then delivered on that promise with a dominant display to go one better than the silver he won at the World Cup meet in Hungary last year.

"The final felt amazing from the get go," said Martlew. "I felt really strong out of the blocks and I kept progressing the lead to the finish.

"I'm ecstatic to have won the gold. I've been working pretty hard back home in New Zealand. This last week in Poland I've had a tough build up, coming down with a sore throat and runny nose, so I didn't know how I would go. To come out and win convincingly was pretty amazing."