NSWIS trio Murray Stewart, Naomi Flood and Marius Florian recorded victories as the battle for Worlds selection intensifies.
Stewart started the day perfectly winning his heat, before blitzing the field in the final.
The 26 year old won in 3:33.71, 3.83 seconds ahead of fellow London K4 1000 gold medallist Jacob Clear. Exciting U23 duo Jordan Wood and Bill Bain finishing third and fourth respectively.
Flood headed into this event in ominous touch after a successful World Cup season.
The Telstra Ironwoman runner-up edged her K2 World Cup partner Bernadatte Wallace to win the K1 500 title in 1:53.37.
Nationals’ winner Alana Nicholls finished third, 0.93 seconds behind Flood with less than three seconds separating the top three.
Emerging Sunshine Coast paddler Alyce Burnett finished fourth, with experienced South Australian paddler Hannah Davis rounding out the top five.
Burnett was the first of the U23 girls to cross the line, with Mitta Mitta’s Amy Peters (6th), Sunshine Coasts’ Stacey Higgins (8th) and Bayswater’s Phoebe George (9th) all featuring in the final, outlining Australia’s excellent depth in the women’s K1 event.
New South Welshman Marius Florian proved too strong for teenage Olympic pairing Jake Donaghey and Alex Haas to win the men’s C1 1000 final.
Western Australian kayakers dominated the men’s and women’s K1 200 heats in the afternoon.
Nicholls will head into tomorrow’s K1 200 final after winning her heat in 42.88, 0.25 seconds ahead of Wallace, with Davis third 0.61 seconds further back.
Heat one was won by Nicholls training partner Jaime Roberts who upstaged Kawana Waters’ Hailey McGinty and Flood, setting up a juicy final tomorrow.
London Olympic K2 200 crew Steve Bird and Jesse Phillips won their respective K1 200 heats and look set to battle it out for K1 selection on Saturday.
Direct Members duo Ben Gallard and Lachlan Tame, Bayswater’s Brodie Holes and South Australian Callum Dunn are others in contention for line honours.
Racing will continue on Saturday morning with the men’s and women’s K2 finals to commence proceedings.
Australia’s best paracanoeists will then get their chance to press their claims for selection, before the remaining team boats and K1 200 paddlers fight it out for selection.
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