Tokyo Olympics: Lisa Carrington chasing third straight Olympic gold medal headlines New Zealand canoe sprint quartet

Lisa Carrington, who will seek to become the first New Zealander to win three successive Olympic gold medals in the same sport, is part of the four-strong canoe sprint team for the Tokyo Games.

Carrington will compete at her third Olympic Games in Tokyo later this year, having won gold in the K1 200 event in both London and Rio de Janeiro.

Aside from the K1 200, Carrington will also compete in the K1 500, K2 500 and K4 500 in Tokyo.

"To be selected in the same squad as athletes I train alongside every day fills me with pride - because I know how incredibly hard they all work," Carrington says. 

"With every Olympic cycle the sport in New Zealand is becoming stronger and stronger.

"To compete in four events is a real privilege, but it isn't something we've just dreamt up overnight. This is something we've been working towards since 2017 and to earn selection and be a step closer to the Tokyo Olympics is incredibly exciting."

Carrington has won seven successive K1 200 world titles, having gone unbeaten in the event for over a decade.

Caitlin Regal and Teneale Hatton both return to the squad, while 21-year-old Alicia Hoskin has been selected for her first Olympics campaign.

The quartet will also all compete as part of the K4 500 event. 

Regal, 29, will partner Carrington in the K2 500, as well as the K1 500, having set a world best time in 2018. The pair won the K2 500 at the 2017 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Hatton, 31, returns to the Olympic contingent after one previous campaign, in 2012, having stepped away from canoe sprint to focus on ocean racing surfski paddling.

At 21, Hoskin is the youngest member of the squad, and will team up with some of her heroes in Tokyo.

"Being selected for the Olympics feels surreal and I'm really excited because I'm racing in a boat with girls I used to get pictures with as a young under-14 paddler," Hoskin says,

"When at the Olympics I will be representing my family, our team at HPSNZ, the New Zealand canoe racing community, and our country. I very much want to represent New Zealand in the very best way I can."

Hatton and Hoskin will also compete as a pair in the K2 500.