Members of Great Britain’s sprint and paracanoe teams enjoyed success over the last weekend (12-15 September) on the newly opened Sea Forest Waterway venue to compete at the test event in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Games next year.
A number of international medallists from across the world travelled to Tokyo for the competition, making it a competitive test for the team.
Following a hugely successful World Championships in August, the paracanoe team backed up their performances with further medals across the event despite tricky headwinds.
2019 KL2 World Champion Charlotte Henshaw won the gold medal in Tokyo in a time of 55.521. British teammate and current VL2 World Champion Emma Wiggs was close behind to take the silver medal.
Laura Sugar, who won silver at the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, took gold in the women’s KL3 event.
Jeanette Chippington won Britain’s third gold of the competition in the women’s VL2, an event she didn’t compete in at Szeged. She finished in a time of 1:09.555 with Emma Wiggs taking the bronze.
Stuart Wood too backed up his third place finish at the World Championships with another third place finish in Japan.
Meanwhile across the sprint events, Katie Reid took an eighth place finish in the C1 women’s 200m A Final, whilst she also combined with her C2 teammate Chloe Bracewell to take sixth in the 500m A Final.
Lewis Fletcher finished in fifth place in the B Final of the men’s K1 200m whilst Emily Lewis and Deborah Kerr joined up in the K2 500m B Final to finish fifth also.
Speaking on the success of the event, paracanoe head coach Scott Simon, said:
Tokyo has created a fantastic venue ready for the Paralympic Games that has delivered some great racing but more importantly a plethora of learning opportunities as we enter the final phase of the cycle.– Scott Simon
“A huge congratulations to all of the squad on their progress this year and a massive thanks to the staff team who have worked tirelessly to support our athletes. Time for a much needed and well-earned rest now. “