New Zealand World Champion Aimee Fisher defeated Olympic Gold Medalist Dame Lisa Carrington in the amazing women’s final at the K1500m National Canoe Sprint Championships.
Fisher overtook Carrington by 0.08 seconds on Lake Karapiro on Saturday morning.
Carrington reportedly led the boat at the start of the race, but Fisher reworked it with a great sprint in the final stages and won in 1 min 53.82 s.
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This was the first of three races between the pair to decide who will represent New Zealand at the 2022 World Cup.
The 27-year-old Fisher won the K1500m World Championship in Copenhagen in 2021 after Carrington won three gold medals, in the K1 in the 500m, K1 in the 200m and K2 in the 500m at the Tokoyo Olympics.
In the absence of Carrington, Fisher defeated the silver and bronze Olympic medalists in Denmark.
Fisher now has the honor in the first of the eagerly awaited duels with Carrington, who crossed the finish line in Karapiro in 1 min 53.90 s. Two-time Olympian Teneale Hatton was third in 2 minutes 01.83 seconds.
However, Carrington, New Zealand’s most decorated Olympian with five gold medals – including three consecutive 200m K1s – quickly congratulated her opponent and hugged Fisher when she finished.
Fisher was excluded from the dispute over the Tokyo Olympics after a long dispute with Canoe Racing NZ over the welfare of athletes.
But her performance in Copenhagen – and her victory over Carrington – strengthened her world-class reputation.
Fisher said va Sky Sport a video from the beginning of this year that has a “new belief”.
“I’ve had this dream in my heart since I was young, I want to be the fastest paddler the world has ever seen,” she said.
“I want to see how fast I can do it. Now I believe what I am capable of. ”
She said she “focuses on 2.0.”
In other races on Saturday, club colleagues from the North Shore won the 500m men’s K1 final, with Ashton Reisere winning in 45.56 seconds, Clancy Grant and Kacey Ngataki.
Alicia Hoskin – fourth in the women’s 500m K1 women’s glamor race – teamed up with Otago’s Lucy Mataehere to win the women’s K2 500m in 1 minute 47.17 seconds. They defeated Hatton and Olivia Brett, who were second in 1 min 50.59 s.
Neither Fisher nor Carrington came together in the K2 race.
Hoskin won the K1 women’s under-500 title at 500m, second was Tara Vaughan and third was Samalulu Clifton.
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