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Fisher pips Carrington in Olympic build-up

Aimee Fisher Lisa Carrington canoe sprint
Women's K1 500m winner Aimee Fisher (centre), with Lisa Carrington (left) and Poland's Anna Pulawska. PHOTO: CANOE RACING NZ

Aimee Fisher has got the better of Olympic champion Lisa Carrington again in her specialist event.

For the second time in two weeks, Fisher edged Carrington head-to-head in the women's K1 500m final at the ICF Sprint World Cup regatta in Poznan, Poland on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).


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Like the first World Cup event in Hungary a fortnight ago, Carrington started stronger, leading at the 250m mark by half-a-second, with Fisher fourth.

But Fisher, the 2021 world champion, powered down the finishing stretch, to edge Carrington by 0.05 seconds, finishing in 1 minute 54.04 seconds. Poland's Anna Pulawska was third, more than three seconds back.

The next time the pair compete in the same event will be at the Paris Olympics in early-August.

Carrington is the defending Olympic champion in the K1 500m from Tokyo three years ago, where she also claimed gold medals in the K1 200m (for the third time) and K2 500m (with Caitlin Regal).

The Kiwi one-two completed a successful World Cup regatta for New Zealand paddlers, with Carrington and Alicia Hoskin winning the women's K2 500m on Saturday (Sunday NZT) and the women's K4 500m boat of Carrington, Hoskin, Olivia Brett and Tara Vaughan claiming silver in a close finish.


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