Olympic champion Lisa Carrington continued to show no sign of a post-London 2012 lull as she powered to victory in her first final at the Canoe Sprint Grand Prix regatta today.
The fastest qualifier for the K1 500 medal race at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, the 23-year-old maintained that form to beat Australian ironwoman Naomi Flood by 1.19secs.
Carrington, who reigned supreme at the New Zealand nationals in Rotorua last month, covered the distance in 1min 58.37sec -- 2secs down on her heat time but quick enough to keep her rivals at bay.
Fellow New Zealander Teneale Hatton was fifth.
Carrington returned later in the programme to also win her heat of the K1 200 – the source of her gold in London last August – by a handy 1.02sec margin.
She headed two other Kiwis – Rachael Dodwell and Jaimee Lovett – while Flood also advanced to tomorrow's final.
Toby Brooke also topped the podium by winning the under-16 K1 1000 final and then showed his versatility by snaring the K1 200 title.
Hatton and Caitlin Ryan combined to claim silver in the K2 500 while Britney Ford and Elise Legarth were runners-up in the under 16 K2 200.
Ford pipped Legarth for bronze in the under-16 K1 500 by 0.13secs; Ryan was also denied bronze in the under-23 K1 500 by just 0.01secs.
Meanwhile, although Carrington had a successful day, fellow Olympian Ben Fouhy missed out in his two finals.
He was sixth in the K1 1000, 6.96secs down on Australian winner Ken Wallace and after winning their heat Fouhy and Darryl Fitzgerald could only place fifth in the K2 1000 final.
Jasper Bats and Alex Fort were sixth in the nine-crew final.
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