Olympic champions on track for World Championship gold

Jacob Clear, Murray Stewart, David Smith and Tate Smith
2014 ICF Sprint World Cup 3 (Szeged, HUN)
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Tom Collings, Thursday, 17 July 2014

London Olympic gold medallist Tate Smith believes the K4 1000 champions are on track to win gold at the ICF World Championships in Moscow next month.

“Everyone is progressing well, and the K4 is on track to perform well at World Champs,” Smith said.

“Our goal this year is to try and win a World title, so the standards we have set are high.”

The 32 year old combined with fellow Gold Coast kayaker Jacob Clear, and NSWIS pair Murray Stewart and David Smith to win gold at the final ICF World Cup in Hungary last month.

“Our preparation at the World Cups was good, and it was a great result given we’ve got room for improvement.”

The Australian men are currently based in Szolnok for an intensive block of training where they will remain until the start of the World Championships.

“The camps been going really well this year. We’ve spent seven weeks in Hungary compared to last year with just three weeks, so we have done a lot more quality work,” said Smith.

“Over the next month, we will look at putting the K4 under race pace pressure to ensure we are ready when we line up in Moscow.”

The ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia from 6 to 10 August.

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