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Wallace wins three medals at World Cup 3

1 June 2015

CANOE/KAYAK: Australia has concluded the ICF canoe sprint World Cup series in style by winning three medals on the final day of racing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kenny Wallace featured in all three boats, taking his World Cup series tally to eight medals.

He dominated the K1 5000 event from the outset to win his second consecutive gold medal after triumphing in Duisburg a week ago.

Wallace has now won five K1 5000 world cup gold medals from as many starts in the last two years.

Since finishing second at the World Championships paddling together last year, Wallace and Lachlan Tame have forged a strong partnership.

This was highlighted by them recording the third fastest time ever recorded in the K2 1000 at the opening World Cup in Portugal.

Today, the pair won their fourth medal of the series, adding a bronze in the K2 200 to their three medals in the K2 1000.

Not normally renowned for their prowess over 200 metres, the pair got off to a strong start and held it to the end. They finished 0.332 seconds behind British pair Liam Heath and Jonathan Schofield who won in 32.004.

Western Australian duo Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird finished sixth in 33.088.

All four Australian’s later combined to win bronze in the K4 200 final.

Throughout the series Wallace has won medals over 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 metres, demonstrating his versatility as one of Australia’s most successful sprint paddlers.

His performance has not gone unnoticed by Head Coach Jimmy Owens.

“It is great Kenny personally is showing good form internationally again, with speed over 500m and endurance in 5K. It will really help the K2 come worlds this year,” Owens said.

On Wallace’s performances with Tame in the K2 Owens responded, “To be able to race three world cups and be this consistent really shows the level as big day performers and they are on track to lift come worlds.”

In other results, K4 1000 silver medallists Jacob Clear, David Smith, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood finished ninth in the K4 200 final.

The Australian quad fell just 0.084 seconds off snatching the gold medal from Germany who won in 3:09.824.

“Overall these podium performances show the strength and consistency of the team across the men's 1000m events at all three world cups,” Owens said.

“The worlds and Olympic Qualification will, of course, be tougher and this is a good platform for us to build from over the next two and a half months to the worlds in Milan in August.”

Clear also featured in the K1 500 A final, placing sixth.

Bill Bain finished second in the B final. He also finished 14th behind Wallace in the K1 5000.

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