Scotland’s Katie Reid won Great Britain’s second medal of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg this weekend, with bronze in the women’s C1 200m.
The 23-year-old from Dunfermline, only took up the sport in 2014 as part of British Canoeing’s Girls4Gold initiative, targeting more women into the 200m canoe events in advance their inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This was Katie’s second time on the podium at this level with a bronze back in her debut senior season in 2016, also at Duisburg. Since then the event has gone from strength to strength and after a sub 48 second personal best last week and a ninth place in the final at the opening World Cup of the season in Szeged, Reid stepped things up again today.
Canadian Laurence Vincente-Lapointe was the clear winner, followed by Russia’s Kseniia Kurach, but Reid held on to fend off a strong challenge on the line from Indonsia’s Riska Andriyani and home crowd favourite Lisa Jahn.
Speaking after the medal ceremony, Katie Reid said: “I am over the moon. It has been a really good World Cup two weeks. We have worked really hard over the winter, so to come here and get a medal this early in the season is great. It was such tight racing but I really enjoyed it - it was great fun!
“My plan was to get a really good start and then transition well and relax. Training has been going really well, so it is about trusting that and just doing what you do on a daily basis. I still have a lot to gain on the start but I am happy with the rest of the race.
We still haven’t done any speed endurance work yet, so we will go home now and focus on that which is when the back end will become a lot stronger which is exciting. It bodes well for the rest of the season for sure.– Katie Reid
There were other good A final performances from Jessica Walker in the K1 200m finishing sixth and Chloe Bracewell in the C1 500m finishing seventh after a busy day of racing including a B final appearance in the C1 200m.
The women’s K4 500m crewboat with a slightly revised line-up, which included Olympian Rachel Cawthorn, finished seventh in the A final, whilst their U23 teammates in the second GB K4 also benefited from the racing experience at this level.
In the usual tight 200m racing, Soar Valley’s Jon Schofield unluckily just missed out on the K1 200m A final. He swiftly won the B final in a time of 35.64 which would have been good enough for bronze in the A final. He then went on to join his Olympic partner Liam Heath in the men’s K4, a new venture this season.
Richmond’s Lizzie Broughton’s was the last British competitor on the lake today finishing fifth in the women’s K1 5000m. After a stunning victory on Friday winning gold in the K1 1000m, she was unable to add to her World Cup medal tally today finishing just 10 seconds off the podium.
In line with the selection policy, following the two World Cup regattas, the British senior team for the European and World Championships will be announced on Tuesday 29 May by 1700hrs on the British Canoeing website.
SUNDAY RESULTS SUMMARY
Men’s K1 200m – Jon Schofield (Soar Valley) – Semi final 3rd, B Final 1st
Men’s K1 200m – Stelian Naftanaila (Nottingham) – Semi Final 5th, C Final 5th
Men’s K1 500m – Matthew Bowley (Burton Phoenix) - C Final 4th
Men’s K4 500m – Liam Heath (Wey) Jon Schofield (Brunel), Lewis Fletcher (Linlithgow), Matthew Robinson (Cardiff) – Semi-final 5th, B Final 6th
Women’s C1 200m – Katie Reid (Holme Pierrepont CC) – Semi final 1st, A Final 3rd BRONZE
Women’s C1 200m – Chloe Bracewell (Holme Pierrepont CC) – Semi final 3rd, B Final 8th
Women’s K1 200m – Jess Walker (Royal) – Semi-final 2nd, A Final 6th
Women’s C1 500m – Chloe Bracewell (Holme Pierrepont CC) – Semi-final 3rd, A Final 7th
Final Women’s K4 500m – Emily Lewis (Worcester), Deborah Kerr (Strathclyde), Rachel Cawthorn (Wey), Hannah Brown (Bradford-on-Avon) – Semi-final 3rd, A Final 7th
Women’s K4 500m – Sam Rees-Clark (Nottingham), Ava Dale (Falcon) Renee Myburgh (Royal), Lucy Lee-Smith (Norwich) – Semi-final 8th, B Final 9th
Women’s K1 5000m – Lizzie Broughton (Richmond) – A Final 5th