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Three A Finals conclude Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships

The British paddlers rounded off a positive Junior and U23 World Championships campaign with another three A Finals on the last day of competition in Pitesti, Romania.

Emma Russell Pitesti 2019 K1 500N

Emma Russell continued her excellent form this season, reaching her second A Final of the competition, racing in the U23 K1 500m.

In her first season in this age group, the Chelmsford paddler had a great start and finished in eighth place overall in 2.02.543.

Zoe Clark qualified for two A Finals today, in what has been a real breakthrough competition for the Royal Canoe Club youngster.

Having comfortably qualified in third place in her semi-final of the Junior K1 500m, Zoe was out in lane 9 in her first World Championships A Final where she finished in ninth place in 2.09.017.

Zoe Clark Pitesti 2019

Just over an hour later, Zoe was back on the water for her second A Final, this time in the K2 along with Falcon’s Enya Dale. Having finished in ninth place at the European Championships last month, the British pair went one better on the world stage to finish in eighth place in 2.02.749

Zoe Clark Enya Dale Pitesti 2019

Stuart Bristow was in action in the last race of the regatta in the B Final of the U23 K1 Men 500m. After a great start, he was in the mix for the top places and held off a late charge from Ali Ahmed of Egypt to finish in fifth places overall in 1.58.781.

Stuart Bristow Pitesti 2019

The Junior men’s K4 had a fantastic race in their B Final this morning, coming though strongly at the back end to finish in second place.

With just 0.02 separating the British crew of Daniel Atkins, Philip Miles, Andras Kereszturi and Fred Kemp from the Kazakhstan boat who were in third, they finished in second place in 1.32.213.

The U23 Men’s K4 500m crew were eighth in their semi-final and after a nervous wait, they had confirmation that they had done enough to qualify to the B Final with the next best time.

Max Littlewood (Nottingham Kayak Club), Noah Dembele (Leaside Canoe Club), Sam Glover (Falcon Canoe Club) and Peter Quittenton (Lincoln) finished in eighth place in the B Final. With a fantastic second half of the race, the crew were less than a second off fifth place with a photo finish determining their placing.   They crossed the finish in 1:30.923 

With no B- Final to contest Alix Aitchison and Charlotte Carey had a tough ask in their semi-final of the Junior C2 500m and needed a top three place to progress. They put in a fantastic performance to finish in amongst it, but were eventually sixth in 2.14.384

It was a similar story for Bethany Gill and Anna Palmer in the U23 semi-final in the same discipline. After a false start delayed the race, the pair had a gutsy performance to hold off a late charge from the Japanese pair. They finished in eight place in 2.17.644.

Kristina Medovcikova, Head Coach for the British team, said: “I’m really pleased with how well the team has done this week. 

We have a new junior world champion and overall we made eight A Finals, six of them in Olympic disciplines.

– Kristina Medovcikova, Head Coach

“We are making progress in the right direction and getting more competitive. We know where the other nations are in terms of performance and we know where we need to look at moving forward.

“Everyone here has delivered their best, not just from a results perspective but from a personal process perspective too and we have seen improvements from individuals and crew boats, who are starting to pull back those margins. “The whole team - staff and athletes have pulled together, celebrated great races as a team and managed disappointments as one unit. This team are living the Stronger Together values.  Yesterday every single member of the team sang the national anthem, we were one of the few nations to do so, and it was wonderful to see. 

“Overall I am really happy with this week and I’m really proud of the whole team.”

Day Four results

U23 K1 Women 500m A Final Emma Russell (Chelmsford) 8th 2.02.543

Jun K2 Women 500m A Final - Zoe Clarke (Royal Canoe Club) and Enya Dale (Falcon Canoe Club) - 8th 2:02.749 

Jun K1 Women 500m A Final -  Zoe Clark (Royal Canoe Club)  9th  -2.09.017 

Jun K4 Men 500m B- Final Andras Kereszturi (Ealing), Frederick Kemp, Daniel Atkins (Reading CC) and Philip Miles (The Royal Leamington Spa CC) 2nd - 1:32.213 

U23 K1 Men 500m B Final  - Stuart Bristow (Royal CC) -  5th - 1.58.781.

U23 K4 Men 500m B Final - Max Littlewood (Nottingham Kayak Club), Noah Dembele (Leaside Canoe Club), Samuel Glover (Falcon Canoe Club) and Peter Quittenton (Lincoln) -  8th - 1.30.923 

Jun C2 Women 500m Semi-final Alix Aitchison (Independent)  / Charlotte Carey (Independent) - 6th - 2:14.384

U23 C2 Women 500m semi-final  Bethany Gill (Holme Pierrepont CC) and Anna Palmer (Longridge)-  8th - 2:17.644

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