RIO-BOUND PADDLERS GET CHANCE TO DIVERSIFY IN PORTUGAL

Canoe Sprint / Featured / Jun 1, 2016

The powerful Australian men’s 1000 metre canoe sprint squad will get a chance to test new events when they head to Portugal this weekend for the third World Cup.

While the K4 1000 crew of Ken Wallace, Jacob Clear, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood will get a chance to build on their impressive start to the season, each member will branch out this weekend into other events.

The quarter have also been entered in the non-Olympic K4 200 event.

Wallace and Lachlan Tame, silver medallists in last weekend’s K2 1000 in the Czech Republic, will add the K2 200 race to their repertoire this weekend.

And World U23 champions Fitzsimmons and Wood will get a chance to test themselves in senior international competition when they join Wallace and Tame in the K2 1000 event.

Fitzsimmons and Wood have both been part of the Australian K4 1000 crew that won gold and silver at the opening two World Cup events.

Clear, also a member of the K4 1000 crew, will join Daniel Bowker in the K1 1000 in Portugal.

Bowker will also contest the non-Olympic K1 500, as will Lachlan Tame, who originally made his name as a short-distance sprint canoeist before joining with Wallace in the 1000 event.

Australia’s Olympic-bound C2 pairing of Martin Marinov and Ferenc Szekszardi will have their first serious hit out of the European season in the C2 200 and C2 1000 events.

And Wallace and Clear will finish off a busy weekend by contesting the gruelling non-Olympic K1 5000 event, with Wallace looking to add yet another gold from this event to his collection.