Lisa Carrington claims silver in canoe sprint World Cup in Germany

Kiwi paddler Lisa Carrington has a major rival in the women’s K1 500 for the Rio Olympics.

Carrington was pushed into second place in her final in Germany on Sunday night (NZ time) by Hungary’s Danuta Kozak.

The 2012 London Olympic gold medalist finished 1.125 seconds behind Kozak, whose winning time for the 500 metres in Duisburg was one minute 47.071 seconds.

Kozak is a double world champion at the distance, having beaten Carrington in 2012 and 2013, but raced in team boats for much of last season.

She helped Hungary win world championship gold in the K2 and silver in the K4 in Milan last year, while Carrington created history by winning the 200m-500m K1 double.

“The race went really well,” an upbeat Carrington said.

“I stuck to my race plan and did what I needed to do and what I could do. I’m racing the best paddlers in the world and the quality is extremely high.

“Danuta, she’s an Olympic champion in the 500 from London … it’s such a great opportunity to race and practise against these girls here,” Carrington said.

“It’s nice to get that one done and figure out what we can work on. Really happy with the race, happy with the weekend.”

Carrington won the women’s K1 200m final on Saturday night (NZ time). It was her 12th-consecutive major title in the K1 200 discipline, the one she captured gold at in London almost four years ago.

She will skip the second World Cup event in Racice next week and return for the final World Cup meet in Portugal in early June.

The NZ women’s K4 500 crew of Aimee Fisher, Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan and Kayla Imrie were fifth in their final.

The Kiwis made a fast start and after slightly dropping off the pace mid-race finished strongly to narrowly miss a bronze medal.

Ukraine snatched gold in a photo-finish from Belarus, with a winning time of 1:32.046s. Poland were third, the UK fourth and NZ fifth, just 0.352s behind Poland.

The same quartet was due to contest the women’s K4 200 event to finish the meet early Monday morning (NZ time).

– Stuff

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