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Solid day of racing as Canoe Sprint World Championships come to a close

It was a solid day of racing by the British team as the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary comes to a close.

Rebii Simon Szeged 2019

Rebii Simon was seventh overall in the Women’s K1 500m A-Final this morning, crossing the line in 2.01.43.

Having had a rough start to the season with an injury which kept her off the water for a number of weeks, she was really happy to have made her first individual senior final.

The former European K1 1000m Junior Champion and Rio Olympian almost closed the gap on last year’s 200m bronze medallist, Sweden’s Linnea Stensils to finish her season on a positive note.

The Women’s C2 team made huge gains this season, improving their overall position from last year. Chloe Bracewell and Katie Reid were second in their B-Final of the C2 500m, putting in gutsy performance and taking some target scalps.   

Having paired up just six months ago, the duo can take confidence in their progress and are already looking forward to the winter training block to consolidate and see where their potential could take them. 

The K4 500m women produced their best race of the season to finish in fourth place in the B-Final.

The crew of Emily Lewis, Deborah Kerr, Angela Hannah and Hannah Brown flew out of the starting bucket to keep themselves in contention.

The team were really happy to have delivered the race they knew they had the potential for and the crew, which has been together for just three weeks, crossed the line in 1.40.56, just 0.27 seconds behind third placed Canada.

Defending K1W 5000m champion Lizzie Broughton was with the lead group at the halfway mark and kept herself out of trouble on the turns of the event. However, on the final lap the eventual winner, Dora Bodony of Hungary spurred on by the partisan crowd, pulled away taking Tabea Medert of Germany and Maryna Litvinchuk of Belarus with her.

Lizzie put in a huge effort on the final lap and finished in sixth place overall.

In front of a capacity crowd, Stelian Naftanaila and Trevor Thomson were determined to bounce back from the disappointment of missing the A-Final yesterday and dominated the B-Final of the K2 200m.

And while they admitted it wasn’t the result they were looking for overall, they learnt a lot from the experience and being in front of such a huge crowd had inspired them to continue to work hard. 

Mat Bowley raced the final event of the competition as he took a 23rd place finish in the K1M 5000m. Bowley, who is also part of the men's K4 500 crew, finished with a time of 22:03.16.

Anna Palmer finished in 13th place overall in her debut senior World Championships, racing in the C1W 5000m.

Having managed to avoid the worst of the collisions after the mass start, Anna got into rhythm and built her speed throughout the race. 

Reflecting on the five days of World Championship action, canoe sprint head coach Rene Olsen was pleased with how the team conducted themselves over the competition.

Results summary

K1W 500m Rebii Simon 7th in A-Final in 2.01.43

C2W 500m Chloe Bracewell / Katie Reid 2nd in B-Final in 2.08.63

K4W 500m Emily Lewis / Deborah Kerr / Angela Hannah / Hannah Brown 4th in 1.40.56

K2M 200m Trevor Thomson / Stelian Naftanaila 1st in B- Final in 35.29

C1W 5000m Anna Palmer 13th in Final in 28:31.64  

K1W 5000m Lizzie Broughton 6th in Final in 22:23.33

K1M 5000m Mat Bowley 23rd in Final in 22:03.16