21 August 2019
Wiggs and Wood add to GB medal haul
Emma Wiggs made it eight Paracanoe World Championship golds in her trophy cabinet as she stormed to top spot in the VL2 200m in Hungary, while Stuart Wood won bronze in the VL3.
Rio gold medallist Wiggs left nothing to chance in her A final, bursting off the start line to power into an early lead.
And it was one that she would never relinquish, as she came home in a time of 56.1s, 1.64s ahead of Australian Susan Seipel in second.
The result means that the 39-year-old former sitting volleyball player has now claimed at least one gold from the previous seven world championships as she continues to dominate her discipline with Tokyo almost a year away.
It was to be double delight for Great Britain just minutes after Wiggs’ triumph, as in the very next race Wood claimed a maiden worlds medal in the VL3 200m.
Drawn in lane 5 next to the favoured Curtis McGrath, Wood – who took European gold in the event earlier this year – matched his Australian rival from the off.
Reeled in by Caio Ribeiro de Carvalho as the field compacted, Wood was made to settle for bronze, coming home in 48.42s, just a second behind McGrath in first.
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