Bill Bain wins K1 1000 Bronze
2013 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 World Championships
Day three of the inaugural ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 World Championships was held in Welland, Canada overnight.
19 year old Sunshine Coast paddler Bill Bain produced the highlight, smashing his personal best on the way to winning bronze in the coveted men’s U23 K1 1000 A final.
The QAS paddler finished 3.453 seconds behind Czech giant Josef Dostal who won the gold in 3:28.854.
Hungarian Bence Dombavari finished second 1.759 seconds behind the winner.
In just his first season competing in the U23 category after stepping up from juniors in 2012 there is a huge upside to Bain whose third place finish in Welland adds to an impressive CV to date which includes: two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, winning the K1 at the Junior World Marathon Championships in Singapore 2011, as well as multiple National Canoe Sprint and Surf Life Saving titles.
“I think it feels great but I am still stinging so much from that race, it was faster than I expected and I am just happy I could keep up with those boys.”
Asked how the race unfolded Bain responded, “I didn’t really get the best start as I am not a known starter.”
“The second 250 I was really hoping to catch them but I wasn’t feeling too great there either so I just tried to keep in there as long as I could, just hanging off the back of those two front boys as they can paddle pretty good and I just wanted to stick with them and I stuck with them to the very end and they got me up to that third spot so I am pretty stoked with them.”
Currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Bain will line up with housemate Jordan Wood, South Australian Glenn Rypp and Illawarra’s Scott Smith to chase a second medal in the men’s K4 1000 A final tonight.
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