Solid Start For Australia At Marathon World Championships

A sixth placing for Joshua Kippin and a seventh for Kate Leverett were the highlights for Australia on the opening day of the ICF canoe marathon world championships in Shaoxing, China.

Kippin was determined to put behind him a disappointing 2018 by making a bold statement in the inaugural K1 men’s short race, and raced hard from the start of the 3.60 kilometre race before finishing 25 seconds behind the gold medalist.

“I was hoping for top ten, but it’s always a bit hard knowing how the start will go, but I had a pretty good start so I tried to capitalise on that,” Kippin said.

“I was very much looking forward to the short format, we do a lot of sessions like this at home on a Thursday night. I’ve been doing a fair bit of sprint work this season, and to be able to combine that with my marathon skills, it’s an exciting format.

“2018 was a tough year with sickness and a few bad results, so it’s good to be back.”

Kippin said he is looking forward to more racing this weekend, including in the men’s K2 with 2012 Olympian Jesse Phillips.

“He’s going really well, we’ve trained together for the past six or seven months, and I’ve learned a hell of a lot from him,” Kippin said.

“He’s aerobic capacity has improved a lot.”

Leverett was stoked with her seventh in the women’s K1 short race, especially given the juggling act she is performing off the water.

“I don’t feel like I could really have asked for much more,” Leverett said.

“I’ve asked a lot of myself to come back this year, and I’ve worked hard in my training, but in reality we are travelling with two small children and I just tried to give it my best out there today, so I’m really happy with my result.

“I didn’t race perfectly, but I was proud to be racing for my country. Having ten world championships behind me now, I was lining up next to Hannah Scott who was competing in her first open race against me.

Scott finished 16th in the same race. Leverett said she never considered taking a break from the sport, even after having a second baby.

“I really love this sport, marathon is just fantastic, it’s so exciting to have the short course added to the championships this year. We definitely have had our moments, we’ve had a lot going on, but we don’t give up. And that’s what marathon is all about.”

In other results on Thursday, Reka Abraham finished tenth in the women’s C1 short race, while Emily O’Rourke was 17th and Madeleine Lamb 23rd in the women’s K1 juniors.

“It was pretty tough, I broke my pumps just before the start so that was a bit rough,” Lamb said.

“But it was a great experience for me at my first worlds race. I didn’t sleep a lot last night, I was pretty nervous having not done anything like this before.”

It was also O’Rourke’s first singles race at a world championships.

“The start was a bit more hectic than I have experienced before, but once I found a pack and settled it was good,” O’Rourke said.

“I’ve done two world championships before, so I was a bit calmer. I wanted to finish midfield, do my portages well and paddle as hard as I could.”

Joseph Burton finished 25th in the men’s junior K1.

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Friday schedule:

Friday 18 October 2019
8:30  10:10 Junior K2 Women
8:33 10:20 Junior C2 Men
8:36 10:20 Junior C1 Women
10:30  12:30 U23 K1 Women
10:33  12:35 U23 C1 Men
12:45  14:35 Junior K2 men
14:45  16:50 U23 K1 Men


Paddle Australia Team – 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships

Name (State) Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Joshua Kippin (WA) MK1 – Short Course – K1 K2  
Michael Leverett (VIC) MK1 – Short Course  
Jesse Phillips (WA) MK2  
Isaac Johnson (VIC) MK2  
Hamish Young (VIC) U23 MK1 K2  
Brendan Clarke (VIC) U23 MK1  
Joseph Burton (NSW) U18 MK1 U18 K2  
Chad Wiese (WA) U18 MK2  
Reka Abraham (VIC) WC1 – Short Course C1  
Tegan Fraser (QLD) WK1  
Kate Leverett (VIC) WK1 – Short Course K1  
Hannah Scott (VIC) WK1 – Short Course U23 K1 K2  
Rebecca Mann (VIC) WK2  
Laura Lee (NSW) WK2  
Naomi Johnson (NSW) WK2  
Alana Johnson (VIC) U23 WK1  
Emily O’Rourke (VIC) U18 WK1 U18 K2  
Madeleine Lamb (VIC) WU18 K2  
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