Naomi Flood & Bernadette Wallace
Action is underway at the first ICF Canoe sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary.
Currumbin Creek paddler Bernadette Wallace and Manly’s Naomi Flood have gotten Australia off to the perfect start, taking out their K2 500 heat, to secure an automatic berth in tomorrow’s final.
Flood and Wallace held a one second lead at the 250 metre mark, before powering home in the second half of the race to win in 1:50.76, 3.51 seconds ahead of Norwegian pair Agnes Brun-Lie and Louise Leren Moen.
Flood and Wallace later went on to contest the women’s K1 1000 heats, with both girls finishing third in their respective heats, moving through to the semi finals, which will be raced later today in Szeged.
Not to be outdone by younger sister Bernadette, Ken Wallace showed ominous signs in the men’s K1 1000, winning his heat in 3:57.63.
The dual Olympic medallist flew out of the start gates, establishing a lead of just under a second through the first 250, before maintaining his lead through the middle stages of the race, and kicking at the end, to finish 1.93 seconds ahead of Swiss paddler Fabio Wyss, with Sweden’s Joakim Lindberg a distant third.
There is still plenty of racing to come in Szeged this afternoon, with Flood and Wallace to feature in the women’s K1 1000 semi final, before Lachlan Tame makes his World Cup debut in the men’s K1 500 heats alongside Wallace.
Key Race times
2:15pm – WK2 500 semi finals commence
2:35pm – MK1 1000 semi finals commence
3:38pm – WK1 1000 semi finals commence
5:05pm – R47 MK1 500 Heat 2 (Lachlan Tame)
5:10pm – R48 MK1 500 Heat 3 (Ken Wallace)
6:10pm – MK1 500 semi finals commence
(All times local Hungarian time, 8hrs behind AUS EST)
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