22 August 2018
Henshaw strikes gold at Paracanoe World Championships
It was a special day for GB in the Paracanoe World Championships in Portugal as Charlotte Henshaw and Emma Wiggs completed a deserved one-two in the final of the KL2 200m.
The gold was the first for Henshaw on the world stage after she swapped over to the kayak last year, having twice medalled at Paralympic games as a swimmer.
And Henshaw entered the final alongside KL2 Paralympic champion Wiggs having never defeated her compatriot in international competition.
Judging by results this season, however, the race was always going to be a close one: Wiggs was looking for her sixth consecutive World Championship title, whilst Henshaw had recently toppled her teammate at the GB World Championship trials.
The result makes it two medals in as many days for Henshaw after she claimed bronze in the VL1 race on Wednesday.
Wiggs on the other hand – who is still recovering from ligament damage in her wrist suffered just two weeks before the championships – will race again in the VL2 200m final on Saturday when she will hope to add to her imperious medal collection.
Elsewhere two-time World silver medallist Ian Marsden finished sixth in the KL1 100m class as he continues his return to competitive action after a season plagued by injury.
Youngster Chelsey Dixon was ninth in the KL3 200m in what was her first World Championship final.
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