Anne Dickins secures second Para-Canoe quota place for GB
on 21-08-2015 11:10
Anne Dickins secured Great Britain’s second Paralympic quota place in Milan today, finishing second in the women’s K1 200m KL3.
Anne, the 2014 World Champion and reigning European Champion could only finish third in her heat yesterday, having dropped her paddle and been thrown off her stroke. Although not completely trouble free, today’s performance was nearly four seconds quicker and she just lost out on the line to Australian, Amanda Reynolds by the smallest of margins (0.02 seconds).
Recounting her race Anne explained: “I had a better race today than my heats so I’m really pleased with that. I had to refocus yesterday when I flipped the paddle, so that was as big black cloud hanging over my head today and it takes a lot to come into a World Championship final with that in the back of your mind.
“It’s like someone was here to test me, as there was a big clump of weed on my bucket (at the starting gate) today and I pulled back and called out, but they just said go forward. I told myself I either power through it or I don’t finish and I know this race is really important because it’s a Paralympic qualifier. I was so cross and I got for me a good start, but then I don’t know if it was the weed or the adrenalin, I just went boom and had a massive wobble right before the end otherwise I might have got the win.
“I’m still new and still learning and every race is a fantastic learning curve so bring on the next one which will hopefully be a step closer to where we want to be.”
"To qualify for the Paralympics is what we have been working on for a long time. It’s not just me. I am out there racing but there is a whole team behind me, who are pushing me the whole way and they have thought of every detail. I get so much support from the National Lottery and friends and family and I couldn’t do it without them." Anne Dickins
Making his debut in a World Championship Final, Nick Beighton, a former British Army captain from Shropshire, acquitted himself well, finishing 9th in the K1 200m KL2 event.
Following a disappointing heat result yesterday, the 2015 European Champion, Ian Marsden went in the B Final of the men’s K1 200m KL1 today, which he won.
John Anderson MBE, British Canoeing Performance Director added: "Many congratulations to Anne on securing a second Paralympic quota place. She really raised her game today, it was a great performance and job done!"
The final Paracanoe events will take place tomorrow with Janette Chippington, Rob Oliver, Tim Lodge and Lizzie Tench in action.
DAY 2 RESULTS SUMMARY
KL3 200m Anne Dickens (Wey) Final – 2nd
KL2 200m Nick Beighton (Shropshire) Final – 9th
KL1 200m Ian Marsden (Trentham) B Final – 1st & 10th overall