18 May 2018

Wiggs beats GB team-mate Henshaw to claim second paracanoe gold

Great Britain’s Paracanoe athletes won four medals on their final day of the World Cup 1 in Hungary to take their total for the event to six.

Emma Wiggs picked up her second gold of the competition when she won the KL2 200m final, with compatriot Charlotte Henshaw taking silver, with both athletes beating their personal bests by over a second.

Jeanette Chippington added a bronze to the silver she won on Friday, this time in the women’s KL1 200m.

And David Phillipson rounded off an excellent meet for the Brits by winning bronze in the men’s VL3 200m final.

But with two golds in the competition, Wiggs was the star of the day, and she admitted to being ‘overwhelmed’ after edging out Henshaw.

She said: “I’m super proud of the way we both dealt with a big wind and waves.

“I hope and think we can push each other all the way onto that plane to Tokyo [2020 Paralympics].

“The one thing we know is that whichever one of us gets there in the end will be fast because we’ve got the other one pushing them along. So, we’re very lucky in the squad to have such depth.

“This is really early for us which is why we decided to make it a training week. It was a bit of an unknown because it’s early and we haven’t really worked on the second half of a race.

“To come away with two golds is brilliant. It was unexpected but it’s even more exciting to know we have more to come.”

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