The 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships are underway after an exciting opening day of racing in Duisburg, Germany.
Reigning Australian paracanoiest of the year Kara Kennedy was the star winning Australia’s first medal of the World Championships, silver in the arms only (A) V1 200 final.
Kennedy finished just under 12 seconds behind British paddler Jeanette Chippington who dominated the race winning in 1:05.63.
American Anne Yoshida finished third just under 14 seconds behind Kennedy.
“It is a very good feeling”, said Kennedy.
Earlier Kennedy finished fourth in the A K1 200 final behind Chippington once again who completed the double for Great Britain.
In the other final of the day fellow Queenslander Glenn Pyne finished seventh in the men’s trunk and arms (TA) V1 200 final.
Western Australian veteran Brock Ingram showed his class qualifying second fastest for the men’s leg, trunk and arms (LTA) K1 200 final.
“Overall very happy with my start, I think I can work on the finish and hopefully come back stronger next time”, said Ingram.
Victorian Amanda Drennan made a successful start of her paracanoe Worlds debut advancing to the women’s LTA K1 200 final on Thursday.
The two-time Paralympic swimmer and Athens bronze medallist was surprised by the level competition in Germany.
“It is a lot higher, the girls have been doing amazingly well. Before this race the record was 56, now it is down to 54 so everyone has just picked up there game and the whole class is very strong and everyone is doing really well, it is a tough competition out here today”, she said.
Drennan’s final is scheduled to commence at 10:55pm AUS EST (2:55pm Duisburg, GER).
Hailing from a V8 Supercar background, Penrith’s Colin Sieders was also on debut moving through to his A K1 200 final on Friday.
“It is great. The first objective has been passed now so onto the final on Friday. It should be good.”
Sieders began the day quite nervous prior to his heat but had overcome the nerves by his semifinal.
“The semi was a lot better, I didn’t get as good a start though but we will work on that for Friday and push forward into the final.”
The Australian camp couldn’t be better after a successful opening day with all five paracanoeists advancing to finals.
“So far so good, we have all made a final which was the main objective now we will just see if we can move a little further up in the grid this time”, said Sieders.
Racing continues from 4pm AUS EST (8am Duisburg, Germany). Day two will see the heats of the coveted men’s K1 1000 and women’s K1 500 events to be contested featuring Ken Wallace and Alana Nicholls.
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