CURTIS MCGRATH WINS 12TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROWN IN HUNGARY

Triple Paralympic gold medalist Curtis McGrath has claimed his 12th World Championship title overnight in Hungary at the Paracanoe World Championships, winning the Men’s KL2 200.

With just over 100 days to go until the Paris Paralympic Games, Paris bound McGrath together with team mate Susan Seipel, put the Aussies on the medal tally early at the World Championships, winning gold and bronze medals respectively.

McGrath staged a strong come from behind win, to finish ahead of David Phillipson (GBE) and  Fernando Rufino de Paulo (BRA).

“It’s nice to get another World Championship, my 12th… I’m just over the moon.

“There are some good conditions, the tail wind is gone and we’ve got a bit of a head wind now.

“I didn’t have the greatest start, I wasn’t that connected, but I got there and went with the crowd and sort of saved myself for the last 100 metres… then I had a second kick and came through the field and managed to finish number one.

“It’s nice to have this hit out before the [Paris Paralympic] Games. I think we find where our weaknesses are, find where our strengths are… finding where those weaknesses are so we can get into the next block of training and really work towards the Paris Games in a few months’ time,” he said.

Dual Paralympic medalist Seipel was thrilled to take home a bronze medal in the VL2 200m behind Emma Wiggs (GBE) and Brianna Hennessy (CAN). It’s positive signs for Seipel who’ll be looking to add to her Paralympic silver and bronze medals come Paris.

For the Australian Olympic Kayak team, there are under 80 days to go until the Paris Olympic Games, the Szeged will also be their final international World Cup for the Aussies before the Games. The team got off to a strong start in the opening heats of the day.

Defending Olympic Champions Tom Green & Jean van der Westhuyzen won their heat to put them through to the A Final of the Men’s K2 500.

Off to her third Olympic Games, Alyce Woods qualified straight through to the A Final after winning her K1 1000m heat.

In the K4 500 Women, the Aussie team of Ally Clarke, Aly Bull, Yale Steinepreis and Elle Beere  qualified through to the A Final

The Australian men’s team of Riley Fitzsimmons, Pierre Van Der Westhuyzen, Jackson Collins and Noah Havard, won their heat in the men’s K4 500 to book their spot in the A Final.

Defending ParaCanoe World Champion Dylan Littlehales won the KL3 Men 200m heat to put him through to the semi final with fellow Aussie Mark Daniels.

Racing continues today from 5:20pm AEST in Hungary, with all the action live on @PlanetCanoe YouTube.

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