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Deborah Kerr rounds off regatta with a B-final win

Strathclyde’s Deborah Kerr rounded off a great week for herself and the British team with a win in the B-final of the K1 500m at the ICF World Cup in Szeged, Hungary.

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Having bagged a boat quota spot for GB in the K1 200m at the European qualification event earlier in the week, followed by a bronze in the same event at the World Cup, it has been a dream week for the Scot.

She crossed the line in 1:55:14 almost half a second ahead of Hungary's Eszter Rendessy (1:55:62) and Lize Broekx of Belgium who finished in 1:57:53.

She closes the British campaign from Szeged with the team now ready to travel home or onwards to Barnaul, Russia for the final Olympic qualification event.

Flatwater head coach Scott Simon is a happy man following some fantastic performances on the water and an exceptional team effort off it.

“It’s been a really good week not just in terms of performances but coming together and delivering a great regatta as one flatwater team.

– Scott Simon, British Canoeing Flatwater Head Coach

“There has been a huge amount of work done behind the scenes to get us here safely and be able to race again so thank you to everyone who has been involved in that process.

“We go on now to Barnaul to contest the final two Olympic quota spots with Charlie Smith and Katie Reid.

“Charlie did a great job earlier in the week, learning from his heat and getting a PB in his semi-final. He’s proved he deserves to be here competing at this level and has put himself in good stead for the global qualifiers.

“Katie did really well in a stacked field and difficult conditions to come third, she was right in the mix and she also goes again next weekend.

“It’s been a fantastic week for Debs. She got the week off to a great start in the 200m qualifier race and then backed it up with a medal at the World Cup.  It’s been a busy schedule for her but she’s managed the programme load and her emotions really well to come away with a quota place and a medal. I’m delighted for her and her coach Kristina.

“It’s always a pleasure to watch Liam race and it’s great to see him back on the podium after the covid enforced break from racing.

“The Paracanoe team have been brilliant, with some exceptional racing. We’ve now qualified eight of the nine quota places for the Paralympic Games, with some really competitive events this week.

– Scott Simon Flatwater Head Coach

“Laura, Jack and Rob getting on the podium just shows what a power of work has been done over the winter, setting themselves and the team up for the Paralympics and onwards to Copenhagen for the World Championships.

“Dave and Nick had a great race off for the Tokyo spot and Stewart gave it his all and while he just missed out, it was a great performance from him too.

“We’ve also seen some solid racing from Tom, Emma, Emily, Afton and Chloe and it’s fantastic to get them back out onto the international racing circuit.

“Everyone should be really proud of themselves and this weekend has shown that having one flatwater programme works. It’s been a really cohesive unit which is positive as we head into the new season.”

– Scott Simon Flatwater Head Coach