2016 Paralympic Champion Emma Wiggs brought home a gold and silver medal on day 2 of ICF Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup in Poznan, Poland; whilst Charlotte Henshaw triumphed with a gold in the KL2W.
The pair produced some immense racing going into the afternoon, with Charlotte coming away with a World Cup gold medal to add to the European Championship title she won two days earlier, after a superb delivery and a time of 48.126.
Speaking on her victory:
Emma once again looked strong on the water, and pushed Charlotte all the way, as she secured a brilliant silver medal with the British duo in a league of their own in the event.
Emma’s silver came after the the gold medal performance she delivered in the women’s VL2 final to back up her victory in the same event at the European Championships. In what was a tight first 100m with four athletes battling for that top spot, including British teammate Jeanette Chippington, it was the experience and determination of Emma who powered though to take the win with a time of 58.301.
Jeanette Chippington also secured an excellent bronze medal in the same final, as herself and Russian competitor Mariia Nikiforova came joint third with an exact time of 01:00.501. Jeanette will now turn her attentions to the KL1W final on Saturday.
Laura Sugar delivered a world-class performance in her first ever World Cup final to take second place and a silver medal in the KL3 women’s event. The international track athlete pushed and pushed for that top spot and finished just 0.6 seconds off gold.
Hope Gordon too showed fine form in the same event, but unfortunately narrowly missed out on the podium, with only 0.2 seconds separating herself and Australian, Amanda Reynolds in third.
Ian Marsden just missed out on the bronze with a solid delivery in the men’s KL1. The Stoke athlete pushed the top three all the way but had to settle for fourth, with 0.7 seconds being the difference.
Stuart Wood finished fifth his first ever World Cup competition in the VL3M final, after collecting gold at the European Championships two days previous. Meanwhile, Jack Eyers took up second place in the B Final with a time of 52.370, a result he will look to build on going into the summer months.