Ken Wallace is all smiles
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Ken Wallace has won gold in the men's K1 5000 on the final day of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.
Currumbin Creek kayaker Ken Wallace has gone one better than his silver medal performance in the K1 1000 final on Saturday by winning gold in the gruelling K1 5000 final today.
It was the first time Wallace had won the World Championships crown since his victory in 2010.
Wallace controlled the race from start to finish winning in 19:44.06, 2.08 seconds ahead of Argentinian Daniel Dal Bo.
British paddler Edward Rutherford held off K1 1000 World Champion Max Hoff of Germany for the bronze medal.
Asked if the K1 5000 was his favourite race Wallace responded “A lot of people would think so but no I hate it.”
“I was more nervous then, than what I was before the 1000 metre final just because things can go pear shaped so fast, you can be in the lead and then have someone crash straight into you.”
“It was a good race, I think I ended up leading for about 4600 metres of it so it was a long one but now I have got to try and back up for the 500 final this afternoon.”
Wallace will contest the men’s K1 500 final from 11:15pm AUS EST from lane five after he won a hard fought semifinal on Friday.
Wallace believes he has what it takes to put in another strong performance in the K1 500 final.
“If I can play my cards right between now and then, rest up and get the right food into me then I am sure I can.”
In a busy morning of racing for the Australian team Western Australian duo Steve Bird and Jesse Phillips bounced back from a disappointing semifinal performance to take out the men’s K2 200 B final.
The Olympic pair won in 32.09, 0.11 seconds ahead of Slovakian duo Miroslav Zatko and Lubomir Beno.
Sunshine Coast kayaker Alyce Burnett had a busy morning firstly finishing tenth in the women’s K1 5000 final before backing up in the ladies K2 200 B final alongside fellow U23 athlete Amy Peters.
The duo finished ninth, 2.08 seconds behind the Ukraine boat containing Inna Hryshchun and Anastasiia Todorova.
Competing at his first World Championships Lachlan Tame achieved his pre-race goal of a mid B final result in a K1 event when he finished seventh in the men’s K1 200 B final.
The Avoca Beach product finished 0.60 seconds behind Hungarian Sandor Totka who produced the fastest time of 35.29.
The men’s C1 5000 event commenced proceedings on the final day with Coffs Harbour canoeist Marius Florian finishing a respectable 27th.
There is still plenty of racing to come on the final day of what have been an entertaining World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.
Wallace will firstly contest the K1 500 A final before Australia’s two K4 crews including the London Olympic champions look to add to Wallace’s heroics and snare a medal in front of the German crowd.
Please refer to schedule and links below for more information.
(Times listed AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of Duisburg, GER)
11:00pm – K2M 500 B Final (Bain/Wood – Lane 1)
11:15pm – K1M 500 A Final (Ken Wallace – Lane 5)
11:40pm – K4W 500 A Final (Davis/Nicholls/Flood/Wallace – Lane 1)
11:50pm – K4M 1000 A Final (Smith/Smith/Stewart/Clear – Lane 8)
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