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Strong 2020 medal prospect for Australian Canoe and Paracanoe team

28 August 2018

The Australian Canoe and Paracanoe athletes show a strong team for Tokyo 2020 medal prospects at the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

The men’s K4 500 team, Thomas Green (QLD), Jordan Wood (QLD), Riley Fitzimmons and Murray Stewart didn’t have the best preparation ahead of the World Championships and with very little international experience they managed to put together a tough race to finish fourth in the final, showing they are genuine Tokyo Olympic prospects.

The women’s K4, made up of Rio Olympias Alyce Burnett (QLD), Alyssa Bull (QLD) and London Olympians Jo Bridgen-Jones and Jamie Roberts showed a strong performance winning their semi-final race but having to settle with seventh place in the final.

Early in the week, Jordan Wood (QLD) and Riley Fitzsimmons finished a very close fourth in what was a photo finish in the men’s K2 1000.

The Australian Paracanoe team finished the World Championships in third place on the overall medal tally after strong performance from the athletes.

Curtis McGrath (QLD) was a standout after winning two gold medals in the KL2 and VL3, bringing his tally to a very impressive eight World Championship titles. Not only was his performance a standout but he raced in an eye-catching new boat which was considerable short than the other competitors.

Queenslander, Susan Seipel finished just outside the medals in her final races, sixth in the women’s KL2 200 and fourth in the VL2 200.

It was a strong World Championships for the Australian team with very encouraging performances building momentum ahead of the Olympic qualification year.

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28 August 2018