Kiwis take three Oceania kayaking golds

Last updated 22:46 14/02/2010

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New Zealand staged a golden finish at Sydney's Oceania canoe/kayak championships, claiming three wins out of the four kayak finals contested today.

Lisa Carrington and Teneale Hatton were outstanding during the three-day meet which ended today, scooping up three golds.

They won today's women's K2 1000m final to build on victories in the K2 500 and the K4 500m finals in tandem with Rachael Dodwell and Erin Taylor yesterday.

Rachel Dodwell and Jaimee Lovett claimed the bronze for New Zealand in the women's K2 1000m.

Taylor went on to win today's women's K1 1000 final.

Steven Ferguson and Scott Bicknell, teaming up for the first time, won today's men's K2 1000m final with fellow-Kiwis Darryl Fitzgerald and Chris Nutsford crossing the line second.

Ferguson was in a battle for the lead in today's K1 1000m final with Australian Murray Stewart but the pair faded 150 metres from the finish.

Australian Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Ken Stewart stole past for the win with Ferguson claiming second.

"It's good to get out there and play around with crews and to show the selectors what we can do as a pair," Ferguson said.

Carrington, 21, and Hatton, 20, admitted they had extra motivation to do well in their final race today.

"It was good to win and it means we have an excuse not to train tomorrow morning," Hatton said.

Carrington and Hatton were stroke for stroke with the pair of Elyse Yardley (Illawarra) and Kristina Jenkins (Gold Coast) coming into the final 300 metres but the Kiwi pair pulled away in the last 200 metres for the win.

"We finished well. It was satisfying to win and it has been an awesome weekend," Hatton said.

"We have definitely improved over the winter, we had to show we were still a solid crew."

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