Lisa Carrington speeding up for Rio Olympics

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014
Lisa Carrington
IAIN MACGREGOR/ Fairfax NZ

NZ'S FINEST: Lisa Carrington is both Olympic and world champion in the women's K200.

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Lisa Carrington continues to seek improvement after another two stellar world championship performances.

The 2012 London Olympic gold medallist in the women's K1 200m event won gold and silver at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships at Moscow at the weekend to again indicate she should chase double gold at Rio 2016.

Carrington set a new world fastest time in winning the K1 200m final in 37.898sec - almost a second clear of silver medallist Marta Walezykiewicz (38.814sec) from Poland.

That came after the 25-year-old claimed silver in the K1 500m final behind defending champion Danuta Kozak from Hungary. After a hesitant start, Carrington led at the midway point before being pipped by Kozak, whose winning time of 1min 49.283sec was just over half a second quicker.

Carrington only began to contest both events last year, and claimed bronze in the 500m at last year's world champs while winning the 200m.

She said she's still working on getting better over the longer distance.

"Just improving, finding the small things that I can work on and step-by-step get faster."

She said she and coach Gordon Walker would continue to strive for greater things ahead of next year's world champs in Milan and then the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"Just keep doing what we're doing . . . Obviously sharpen my skills, get faster in every aspect of the race. My coach is pretty good at doing that and I've got an amazing team around me," she said.

Carrington said she was pleased with how she was learning to deal with her taxing programme.

"It was a tough day but it's fantastic to finish on a good note. I think it's just a reflection of my year really, so it's been awesome."

The powerful paddler thought she may have false-started the 500m event.

"Maybe the gates didn't go down," she said.

"I just tried to peg it back. It was a good performance and a tough race, pushing Danuta right to the end.

"Since last year, [that's] a massive improvement. Every time I race I've always got something to work on.

"I think I just need to keep getting faster . . . [Kozak] is improving all the time as well. I tried to rest and relax as much as I could, recover and then get back on the water and just prepare for the 200.

"I knew the timetable was going to be like this, so training's been kinda specifically designed to cope with that physical pressure."

Carrington said the favourable conditions allowed her to record such an impressive time in the K1 200m victory.

"I think you've just got to take the opportunities when you can," she said.

Fellow Kiwi paddler Teneale Hatton also looms as a genuine gold medal contender for Rio after setting a new world's-best time when winning the women's K1 1000m final.

Hatton won in 3:49.423, just ahead of Hungary's Tamara Csipes (3:49.474).

"I am so stoked with the win and the time is an added bonus," said the 24-year-old Hatton. She was also sixth in the K1 5000m final after winning gold over that distance at last year's world champs in Duisberg.

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