21 August 2018

Henshaw's bronze caps promising first day at Para-canoe World Championships

Two-time Paralympic Games medallist Charlotte Henshaw proved once again that she can make just as big a splash in a boat with a bronze medal at the Para-canoe World Championships.

The 31-year-old former swimmer won SB6 100m breaststroke silver and bronze at London 2012 and Rio 2016 respectively and led the way for GB paddlers on the opening day of competition in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

On her World Championship debut, Henshaw celebrated a fine third-placed finish in the VL3 women’s 200m.

Henshaw made a storming start and kept pace with the Ukraine’s Nataliia Lahutenko throughout but in the closing stages of a thrilling race, Russia’s Larisa Volik hauled herself into the reckoning.

All three boats finished inches apart and it was Volik who took gold in 1:06.262, with Lahutenko second (1:06.397) and Henshaw third (1:06.407).

Henshaw will also be in action in the women’s KL2 200m A Final on Thursday having won her heat on day one, a feat mirrored by fellow GB paddler Emma Wiggs.

Elsewhere, Ian Marsden qualified directly for Thursday’s men’s KL1 200m final with second place in his heat while David Phillipson and Jack Eyers pulled off a British one-two in the men’s VL3 200m semi-finals.

Robert Oliver and Chelsey Dixon pulled it out of the bag in the semi-finals of the men’s and women’s KL3 200m respectively to give themselves A Final appearances to look forward to while in the men’s KL2 200m semis, a second-placed finish booked Nick Beighton’s spot in Friday morning’s A Final.

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