Golden girls Flood and Wallace
ICF World Cup 2 (Racice, CZE)
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Day two of the second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice, Czech Republic has concluded with Bernadette Wallace and Naomi Flood winning gold in the K2 1000, and Ken Wallace winning K1 bronze, with another full day of racing still to come.
Flood and Wallace have won their first ever ICF World Cup gold medal, after victory in the women’s K2 1000 final in Racice, Czech Republic this morning.
The newly formed pairing got off to a solid start, crossing the half way point in fifth place, before increasing their stroke rate to dominate the closing 500 metres, winning in 3:37.45, 2.49 seconds ahead of American duo Margaret Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy, with the Austrian crew of Ana Roxana Lehaci and Viktoria Schwarz finishing third.
Prior to this World Cup, Wallace said she hoped to come away with a solid performance in the K2 1000 that can really cement her and Flood’s place on the world stage.
Well it is fair to say that they have achieved that with victory today, and it will give the Australian pairing confidence as they continue their preparations for the ICF World Championships in August.
The victory came after Ken Wallace added a second ICF World Cup medal to the gold he won in Szeged last weekend, winning Bronze in the men’s K1 1000 final.
The hotly contested final was an intriguing battle, with Wallace getting off to his traditionally slow start, before powering home over the closing 250 metres, moving up four places to clinch a place on the podium ahead of last week’s winner Max Hoff of Germany.
The final was won by Denmark paddler Rene Holten Poulsen in 3:26.87, 0.87 seconds ahead of Belarus young gun Aleh Yurenia, with Wallace coming in third, 1.37 seconds behind the winning time.
Earlier in the morning, Flood took out the women’s K1 500 B final, blowing away the field in the closing 250 metres, winning in 1:51.94, 0.12 seconds ahead of Belarus paddler Volha Khudzenka and Russia’s Anastasiya Sergeeva.
Fellow Australian Wallace finished in ninth, 5.31 seconds behind Flood.
In the afternoon session, Flood and Wallace continued their excellent form in the K2 200, securing a berth in tomorrow’s A Final after finishing third in their semi final.
Austrian duo Lehaci and Schwarz won the semi final in 39.15, 0.20 seconds ahead of Finland’s Anne Rikala and Pualiina Polet, with the Australian a second further back.
In the other event of the day, the men’s K1 200, 24 year old New South Welshman Lachlan Tame will contest the men’s K1 200 B final tomorrow after only managing to finish fifth in his semi final.
Racing continues on Sunday from 9:05am local Czech time (5:05pm AUS EST), with the men’s K1 500 C final up first.
Australia’s first big race will begin at 10:07am local time when Wallace looks to make it back to back gold medals in the men’s K1 500 event, while Tame will also feature in his first ICF World Cup A final.
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