New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington predictably rounded out her Australian Canoe Sprint Grand Prix campaign with a second gold at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.
The reigning Olympic K1 200 champion comfortably won her specialist event at the Sydney 2000 course in Penrith, crossing 1.07secs ahead of Australia’s Joanne Brigden-Jones.
Carrington has been unbeaten since returning to competition last month at the New Zealand nationals in Rotorua.
The 23-year-old Halberg Sportswoman of the Year finalist clinched the K1 500 title yesterday by a similar margin and was again virtually unchallenged as she completed the event’s shortest distance in 41.79secs.
Carrington’s teammates Rachael Dodwell, Teneale Hatton and Jamiee Lovett were fourth, seventh and ninth respectively.
While Carrington was undoubtedly a drawcard at the regatta, she was eclipsed on New Zealand’s medal count by talented junior paddler Toby Brooke.
Competing in the under-16 division Brooke topped the podium in the K1 1000 and K1 200 finals yesterday and completed the treble today by winning the K1 500 by an emphatic margin.
Despite drawing an outer lane, Brooke powered to victory 1.33secs ahead of Australian Shaun Osborne in a time of 1min 52.78secs.
In a busy schedule of finals, New Zealand collected nine medals to lift the tally to 17, including six golds.
Lovett and Dodwell secured the other gold today in the K2 200, they finished clear of Hatton and Caitlyn Ryan who were then disqualified for not passing through boat control immediately after the race.
Jasper Bats and Darryl Fitzgerald took silver in the K2 500 showdown while Jarrod Fitzgerald was runner-up in the under-18 K1 200.
Scott Bicknell, Andrew Roy (K2 200) and Britney Ford (under-16 K1 200) also secured silvers.
Jarrod Fitzgerald also finished in the bronze medal spot while Olympian Ben Fouhy finally made the podium when a frustrating campaign culminated with a third in the K2 500 with Alex Fort.
Of these accolades, which would you like to win most?