Lisa Carrington won her third gold medal at the World Canoeing Championships

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington reacts after winning gold in the K1 women's 500m during the ICF Canoe and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

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New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington reacts after winning gold in the K1 women’s 500m during the ICF Canoe and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Carrington won her third K1 500m canoe sprint world title.

The 33-year-old was one of four Olympic champions from Tokyo to win gold in Dartmouth, Canada on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

Carrington was forced to work hard against strong headwinds to secure the title at Nova Scotia’s Lake Banook.

“We knew it was going to be upwind all week so I was definitely prepared, it’s just about how to strategically paddle against the wind,” Carrington said.

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“We still have a lot to learn from, like today I’m constantly putting myself in a position where I have to take on that challenge, take some opportunities or learn from it, so every moment of pressure is a great learning opportunity.”

Carrington won in 1min 58.69s from Annamaria Govorcinovic (Croatia) with Germany’s Jule Hake in third.

It was the second time at the World Championships that the New Zealander topped the K1 500m podium.

Aimee Fisher, who Carrington beat in an epic three-race duel in April to earn world champion recognition, won the event in Denmark last year.

Earlier in the day, Carrington and her young K4 Kiwi crew finished fifth in their 500m final, agonizingly close to the podium.

While Poland had a clear lead for victory, only 0.6 seconds separated second and fifth place.

In other events, Peter Cowan started the day with eighth place in the men’s VL3 A final. The K4 men were 8th in the B-final at 500 m.

To round out the penultimate day of racing, Ashton Reiser was third in his K1 500m C final and James Munro took ninth in the K1 1000m B final.

Also triumphing at Dartmouth were Balint Kopask (Hungary), the Tokyo champion in the men’s K1 100m, and the Chinese duo of Xu Shixao (China) and Sun Mengya, who won gold in the Olympic women’s C2 500m.

The Polish women’s K4 crew, the Spanish men’s K4 and the Spanish C2 500 crew of Cayetano Garcia and Pablo Martinez also won.

In non-Olympic races, the world titles were held by Brazilian Isaquias dos Santos, Czech Josef Dostal, Polish Oleksii Koliadych, Hungarian Blanka Kiss and Anna Lucz, Cuban Yarisleidis Duboys and Katherin Segura, and Ukrainian Liudmyla Luzan.

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