Kiwi women qualify for kayaking final

Last updated 20:40 21/08/2010

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New Zealand women's pair Teneale Hatton and Lisa Carrington have become the first New Zealanders to qualify for an A final at the world flatwater kayaking championships in Poland.

Adding some life to a disappointing New Zealand campaign, the duo were second in their K2 500m semifinal and third quickest qualfiers for the final on Poznan's Lake Malta tomorrow night.

Hatton and Carrington won gold at a World Cup regatta in France this year and are on the pace this week, clocking one minute 42.365 seconds to be beaten by less than 1.5sec by Russian top qualfiers Juliaina Salakhova and Anastasia Sergeeva.

Olympian Erin Taylor scraped into the K1 500m B final with a time that was 19th fastest of the semifinalists. She has battled a rib injury for much of this year and is yet to unearth her best form upon return.

The K4 500m crew of Taylor, Hatton, Carrington and Jaimee Lovett also had to settle for the B final after placing seventh in their semi in the 11th quickest time.

Meanwhile, three New Zealand crews were involved in B finals tonight (NZT).

Ben Fouhy finished third in the K1 1000m, Steven Ferguson and Troy Burbidge fifth in the K2 1000m while the K4 1000m crew of Michael Walker, Liam O'Loughlin, Frederick Teear and Darryl Fitzgerald were sixth.

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