Golden-Silver Wrap of Canoe Sprint World Cup II
3 June 2019
PADDLE: Australia’s canoe sprint paddlers have wrapped up the canoe sprint world cup season with two gold and one silver medal at the second and final ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany over the weekend.
Once again, Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull were the winning duo, taking home gold and silver in the women’s K1 5000 on Sunday, while Bull also won gold in the women’s K1 1000 on Saturday.
The Australian Canoe Sprint Team also came away with promising results in the team boats and seven boats in the A-finals, making the most of the opportunity to trial different crew combinations in preparation for the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary at the end of August.
Burnett and Bull made it a golden-silver World Cup finish for Australia, when they took out first and second place in the women’s K1 5000 at the Canoe Sprint World Cup II in Duisburg, Germany on Sunday.
The Rio 2016 K2 Olympians made it a double-podium finish two weekends in a row after also winning gold and silver in the women’s K1 1000 at last week’s World Cup in Poznan, Poland. In Poznan, Bull made the top of podium, while Burnett placed second. This weekend, it was the other way around.
“I was really happy to be able to get the win in at both World Cup 1 and World Cup 2 and make it two from two in my K1 1000 races. To then add another silver and join AB (Alyce Burnett) on the podium again is pretty cool,” Bull said.
While Bull was ahead of Burnett in the women’s K1 1000 in Poznan, in the long-distance race in Duisburg on Sunday over 5000m, it was Alyce Burnett, who took an early lead and never gave it up.
“That was the plan for AB to take it out for the first 500 and then continue for the rest of it, but it all came down to a 200 metres sprint finish. There were a few of us there and AB got the line, but I’m happy to take the second, absolutely stoked. One, two, I couldn’t be happier,” Alyssa Bull said.
“It was a really fun race and it’s always good to do it with Bully (Alyssa Bull). Bully put her hand up first to do the 5k and I couldn’t let her do it without me. And as she said, one, two is pretty cool and unlike last week in the 1000 we flipped it around for the 5k,” Burnett laughed.
“Any world cup medal is a good medal, especially when racing against the best paddlers in the world. Above all, it’s just good to get out there and have a race with your mate,” Burnett added.
Earlier in the day, the pair had kicked-off the final day of racing in the Olympic events with a strong second place in the semi-final of the women’s K4 500. This catapulted the crew of Cat McArthur (SA), Jaime Roberts (WA), Alyce Burnett (QLD) and Alyssa Bull (QLD) into the A-final, where they finished sixth.
In other results, Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) made it through to the A-final in the men’s K2 1000 where they finished sixth, after sitting in a medal position for most of the race.
The World Championships and Olympic qualifying are the focus for all the crews, including the men’s K4, who narrowly missed out on the final by .078sec in a nail-biting semi-final.
As a consequence, the newly formed crew of Lachlan Tame (NSW), Murray Stewart (NSW), Tom Green (QLD) and Jackson Collins (QLD) had to contest the B-final where they finished second.
Newcomer Brianna Massie (QLD) finished sixth in the women’s K2 200 together with London 2012 Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) with the pair happy about their first competition together. The pair also won the women’s K2 500 B-final earlier in the competition.
U23 paddlers Jean van der Westhuyzen and Jackson Collins also progressed through to the A-final in the men’s K2 500 in Duisburg where they finished sixth on Saturday.
In the women’s canoe events, Bernadette Wallace wrapped up the world cup with a strong fourth place in a fast women’s C1 5000 race on Sunday with a new ICF world best time set by Canadian World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe.
The team returns to Australia on Monday for a training block at the Gold Coast before heading over the Europe again at the end of July to train in Italy and Hungary before the Olympic qualifying World Championships in Szeged, Hungary 21-25 August 2019.
See all results: http://bit.ly/ResultsDuisburg19Sprint