Five more medals

Charlotte Henshaw led a British one-two in the women’s KL2 200m on another medal-laden day at the ICF Paracanoe World Cup in Poznan.

She saw off teammate Emma Wiggs, crossing the line in 48.126 seconds as British sprinters took the top two spots on the podium in Poland.

Henshaw, a world champion last year but also a two-time Paralympic swimming medallist, beat out her compatriot for the second day in a row – replicating their one-two in the KL2 final yesterday.

They were two of the five medals won by British racers on day three and takes the total tally in the camp to 11, following six medals earlier in the competition.

It was a double success for Wiggs, who had won the women’s VL2 final earlier in the day in a time of 58.301 seconds – almost two seconds ahead of her nearest challenger.

Jeanette Chippington was also involved in the race, which proved to be one of the most exciting of the day.

She finished in a dead heat with Russia’s Mariia Nikiforova on 1:00.501 as they both grabbed bronze medals.

“It was a really tough, hard race,” Chippington said. “The middle bit of the race, I did not feel like I was getting connection with the paddle. It was really hard work but I’m really pleased to get joint bronze.”

There was almost another British medal double in the women’s KL3 200m, with Laura Sugar – recently switched to the sport having been a sprinter – picking up a silver medal with a time of 48.821 seconds, just behind Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoza Mirzaeva.

Hope Gordon came close to joining her on the podium but finished fourth in the race, just behind Australia’s Amanda Reynolds.

Another man who was just off a medal was Ian Marsden – his time of 49.894 seconds earned fourth-place in the men’s KL1 final with Brazil’s Luis Carlos Cardoso Da Silva topping the podium.

Stuart Wood was just over half-a-second off a medal in the men’s VL3 200m as his time of 46.051 saw him finish fifth in the final.

Finally, Jack Eyers rounded off an impressive day for the Brits as he finished second in the men’s VL3 200m B final, just 0.336 seconds behind race-winner Tomasz Modzierski.

Picture credit: British Canoeing

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