Rob Oliver delivered his first ever World Cup medal as he secured silver in the men’s KL3 event on day 3 of the ICF Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup 1 in Poznan, Poland.
In the final paracanoe race of the competition, Rob stormed into the silver medal position with a time of 40.210, in what was an extremely tight spectacle with just one second separating the top three. It was just the Ukrainian Paralympic Champion, Serhii Yemelianov who sat between Rob and the gold medal.
The podium finish backs up his bronze medal won at the European Championships only three days previous.
Rob was delighted with his medal, he said:
In the same race, Jonny Young finished fifth and was under a second from a podium position himself.
In the women’s KL1 final, Jeanette Chippington was agonisingly close to securing a bronze medal in what was tight final between the top four athletes, with 0.12 second separating herself and Chilean Katherine Wollermann in third place. A final time of 55.481 gave Jeanette a fourth place finish.
Nick Beighton was very close to sneaking into a bronze medal position in the men’s KL2 final. 42.735 was the Paralympic bronze medallist’s final time 0.3 off the third place finish. Dave Phillipson came in seventh in the same final with a time of 43.551.
Paracanoe Head Coach Scott Simon reflects on the both the World Cup and European Championships: