Lisa Carrington is on track for 2016 Olympics

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 20:20 10/08/2014
Lisa Carrington
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GOLDEN GIRL: Lisa Carrington.

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Lisa Carrington's defence of her K1 200 gold medal at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 remained on track at the course where Ian Ferguson launched his stellar Olympic Games paddling career as she comfortably retained her world title in Moscow.

The London 2012 Olympic champion won her heat, semi and then, when it mattered most at the Krylatskoe Sport Palace today, the final to claim her specialist event at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships for the third time.

Carrington reigned supreme at the 1980 Olympics venue to follow up her world championship wins in Szeged (2011) and Duisberg (2013) - the ideal outcome after a smooth pre-regatta training camp in Portugal.

The 25-year-old from Tauranga had qualified fastest for the final and was just as emphatic when the podium loomed.

She finished the dash and splash in 37.898secs, almost a second clear of silver medallist Marta Walezykiewicz (38.814secs) from Poland, who was the Kiwi's closest challenger - time wise - after the semifinals.

Carrington also upgraded the bronze she won in the K1 500 in Duisberg in her first medal race of the day when she finished second behind defending champion Danuta Kozak.

After making her customary strong start Carrington (1 min 49.790secs) led at the midway point but the relentless Hungarian eventually wore the Kiwi down to win gold in 1:49.283.

Carrington's medal haul followed the gold-winning exploits of Teneale Hatton, who won the K1 1000 final in world record time.

Hatton led by three seconds at the 250-metre mark but was gradually reeled in and had to finish strongly to cross in 3:49.423.

Hungarian Tamara Csipes shadowed the Kiwi over the line in 3:49.474 while Serbian Dalma Ruzicic-Benedek completed a grandstand finish to take bronze with a time of 3:49.780 - to also break the previous world record.

"I am so stoked with the win and the time is an added bonus," said 24-year-old Hatton, who had little time to reflect on her victory before finishing sixth in the K1 5000 final - the title she won in Duisberg.

Hatton's busy programme also included the K4 500 B final with teammates Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Jaimee Lovett where the quartet placed fifth.

In the men's K1 200 Scott Bickell advanced to the semifinal stage but could not advance to the final after finishing eighth.

The K4 1000 crew of Martyn McDowell, Darryl Fitzgerald, Zac Quickenden and Jarrod Fitzgerald - were seventh of nine in the B final.

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