Tokyo 2020 Medal Prospects On Show at 2018 Canoe Sprint World Championships

The Australian men’s K4 500 team have shown they are a genuine Tokyo Olympic medal prospect after a fighting fourth at the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho on Sunday.

The team of Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW), Thomas Green (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) have had very little international experience together and had a disrupted preparation, but put together a tough race to finish just outside the medals.

The men’s K4 500 replaced the men’s K4 1000 on the Olympic program and will premier at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“This was the first time I’ve raced the K4 500 at an international race, so I feel like we are all novices really,” dual Olympian and London 2012 gold medallist in the men’s K4 1000 Murray Stewart said.

“It’s been a bit of a growth experience, we’ve raced this race three times now and each time we’ve got a bit better.

“I think the main thing was to get out there and mix it with the top crews, to see where we are going and to give us a bit of a baseline and to know what we’ve got to work on.”

Green said it was a great thrill to race alongside three Olympians.

“Coming into that race we hadn’t done a lot of work so we didn’t know what to expect, I was proud and honoured to make it into the final,” he said. “I’m just constantly trying to improve. It’s all a massive learning curve.”

It was the first Senior World Championship for the youngster on the Canoe Sprint Team, who is only 19-years old and re-joined the Senior Team after winning a gold medal in the K2 1000 together with Joel McKitterick (QLD) at the U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships at the end of July.

The women’s K4 with Rio Olympians Alyce Burnett (QLD), Alyssa Bull (QLD), London Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) and Jaime Roberts (WA) put in a great performance in the preliminary races coming fifth in their heat and winning their semifinal, but had to do with a seventh place in the final.

In other results, Stephen Bird (WA) finished second in the B final of the men’s K1 200, while Cat Mcarthur (SA) finished seventh in her K1 200 and just missed the B final.

Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons suffered a missed stroke in their K2 500 semi.

Josephine Bulmer was 11th in the C1 5000, while McArthur was 17th in the K1 5000. Riley Fitzsimmons also concluded the World Championships with a race in the K1 over 5000 and finished 15th.

In the Olympic events earlier in the week, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood finished a close fourth in a photo finish in the men’s K2 1000, while Alyce Burnett finished seventh in her first senior final in an Olympic-class K1 field, the women’s K1 500. With his disrupted preparation due to illness Murray Stewart had to settle for ninth in the K1 1000 final.

“The team finished off a strong World Championships with some very encouraging performances from a young and continually improving team.

“Overall, the team made A-Finals in all Olympic events, apart from the 200m events, which is a terrific platform to build upon ahead of the Olympic qualification year,” Paddle Australia’s National Performance Director Shaun Stephens said at the conclusion of the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships (22-26 August 2018).

“We know we have the athletes to deliver medal performances in Tokyo and this year’s Worlds was a great stepping stone to achieve that objective. Whilst we came home empty handed, with two years to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games, there is plenty of confidence in knowing that our young team are very close to podium performances and still have plenty of room for improvement,” Stephens added.

The 2018 Paracanoe World Championships already wrapped up on Saturday with all of Paddle Australia’s paracanoeists in the finals and Australia finishing in third place on the overall medal tally behind Great Britain in first and Ukraine in second.

Two gold medals for Rio 2016 Paralympic champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) were the highlight of the event with McGrath winning both the men’s KL2 and VL3 and bringing his world champion title tally to eight.

Rio 2016 silver medallist Amanda Reynolds (VIC) won silver in the women’s KL3.

“The paracanoe team continues their outstanding international track record and Curt McGrath was inspirational once again and proved he is one of Australia’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Stephens said about the performance in the Paralympic events.

“Curt was reclassified to a higher classification in the Va’a event in March, yet still managed to win this event along with the KL2 200 event. With both events now Paralympic events, he’s managed to stay ahead of his international competitors.

“And AJ (Amanda Reynolds) was superb. To finish with a silver medal from limited preparation after sustaining a debilitating wrist injury earlier in the season demonstrates that she is a world class athlete and has more to prove over the next two years,” Stephens added with the weekend marking two years to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

See all Australian A-Final results below or here:

Results 2018 Canoe Sprint World Championships (A-Finals)
Men’s Events
Men’s K4 500

Ronald RAUHE / Max LEMKE (GER)
2 Saúl CRAVIOTTO / Marcus WALZ
Cristian TORO / Rodrigo GERMADE (ESP)
1:20.423 +0.367
3 Sándor TÓTKA / Péter MOLNÁR
Miklós DUDÁS / István KULI (HUN)
1:21.480 +1.424
Murray STEWART / Jordan WOOD (AUS)
1:21.780 +1.724


Men’s K2 1000

1 Max HOFF
Marcus GROSS (GER)
2 Francisco CUBELOS
Iñigo PEÑA (ESP)
3:16.617 +0.820
Milenko ZORIC (SBR)
3:17.407 +1.610
Jordan WOOD (AUS)
3:17.432 +1.635

Men’s K1 1000

1 Fernando PIMENTA (POR) 3:27.666
2 Max RENDSCHMIDT (GER) 3:28.391 +0.725
3 Josef DOSTÁL (CZE) 3:29.177 +1.511
9 Murray STEWART 3:33.332 +5.666

Men’s K1 500

1 Josef DOSTÁL (CZE) 1:37.905
2 Tom LIEBSCHER (GER) 1:38.912 +1.007
3 Bence NÁDAS (HUN) 1:39.516 +1.611
8 Thomas GREEN 1:42.116 +4.211

Women’s K4 500

Kayla IMRIE / Caitlin RYAN (NZL)
1:33.771 +0.010
3 Karolina NAJA / Helena WISNIEWSKA
1:34.568 +0.807
7 Alyssa BULL / Jaime ROBERTS
1:37.385 +3.624

Women’s K1 500

1 Danuta KOZÁK (HUN) 1:47.254
2 Lisa CARRINGTON (NZL) 1:47.984 +0.730
3 Volha KHUDZENKA (BLR) 1:48.724 +1.470
7 Alyce BURNETT (AUS) 1:51.919 +4.665

Women’s K2 200

1 Franziska WEBER
2 Kayla IMRIE
37.197 +0.040
Anastasiya HORLOVA (UKR)
37.294 +0.137
37.844 +0.687

Women’s K1 1000

1 Dóra BODONYI (HUN) 4:02.892
2 Lizzie BROUGHTON (GBR) 4:03.927 +1.035
3 Bridgitte HARTLEY (RSA) 4:04.017 +1.125
7 Alyssa BULL 4:12.333 +9.441

Tokyo 2020 Canoe Sprint Program
Olympic Canoe Sprint Events Tokyo 2020

  • Kayak Single (K-1) 200m (Men/Women)
  • Kayak Single (K-1) 1,000m (Men)
  • Kayak Single (K-1) 500m (Women)
  • Kayak Double (K-2) 1,000m (Men)
  • Kayak Double (K-2) 500m (Women)
  • Kayak Four (K-4) 500m (Men/Women)
  • Canoe Single (C-1) 1,000m (Men)
  • Canoe Single (C-1) 200m (Women)
  • Canoe Double (C-2) 1,000m (Men)
  • Canoe Double (C-2) 500m (Women)

Results 2018 Paracanoe World Championships

Men’s VL3 200

1 Curtis MCGRATH (AUS) 47.642
2 Caio CARVALHO (BRA) 48.837 +1.195
3 Jack EYERS (GBR) 49.492 +1.850

Men’s KL2 200

1 Curtis MCGRATH (AUS) 41.735
2 Scott MARTLEW (NZL) 42.360 +0.625
3 Mykola SYNIUK (UKR) 43.230 +1.495

Men’s KL3 200

1 Serhii YEMELIANOV (UKR) 39.031
2 Caio CARVALHO (BRA) 39.761 +0.730
3 Leonid KRYLOV (RUS) 40.896 +1.865
4 Robert OLIVER (GBR) 40.987 +1.956
5 Dylan LITTLEHALES (AUS) 41.257 +2.226

Women’s KL3 200

1 Helene RIPA (SWE) 53.671
2 Amanda REYNOLDS (AUS) 53.881 +0.210
3 Mihaela LULEA 54.826

Women’s KL2 200

1 Charlotte HENSHAW (GBR) 52.627
4 Katalin VARGA (HUN) 57.452 +4.825
5 Nataliia LAHUTENKO (UKR) 57.817 +5.190
6 Susan SEIPEL (AUS) 59.477

Women’s VL2 200

1 Emma WIGGS (GBR) 57.766
2 Jeanette CHIPPINGTON (GBR) 1:00.491 +2.725
3 Mariia NIKIFOROVA (RUS) 1:00.546 +2.780
4 Susan SEIPEL (AUS) 1:02.047 +4.281

Paralympic Canoe Sprint Events Tokyo 2020

  • KL1 (Men/Women)
  • KL2 (Men/Women)
  • KL3 (Men/Women)
  • VL2 (Men/Women)
  • VL3 (Men)

2018 Paddle Australia Paracanoe World Championships Team 

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