Katie Reid finished fourth in the women’s C1 200m on the final day of the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint Global Olympic Qualifier in Barnaul, Russia.
Qualifying directly into the final of the event after finishing second in her heat on Thursday, Katie was the only British competitor of the day in the challenging course conditions.
The Forth paddler was racing amongst a strong field of athletes and was part of the leading five athletes after the first 100 metres. Katie finished with a time of 51.79 to come fourth, concluding the Olympic qualifiers.
Reflecting on the two days of racing in Barnaul and how the last two competitions have gone, Flatwater head coach Scott Simon said:
“I think Katie and Charlie have come to Barnaul with quite tough circumstances and I’m enormously proud of both their deliveries. Charlie again has shown he belongs at this level, and there is a lot more to come from him.
“He had extremely competitive heats and semi-finals as you’d expect at a global qualifier.
“That was the same for Katie too, a really competitive final. The conditions this last two days have certainly been challenging. For the athletes to deal with these conditions and deliver what they have done in them, I’m immensely proud of them.
It is definitely time to refocus now the qualification events are done. We will now get fully focused on the season ahead with both Tokyo and the World Championships in Copenhagen later this year.– Scott Simon
“The team has been fantastic. The effort and the hard work that has gone into getting us out to these competitions has been phenomenal from everyone behind the scenes. The coaching staff and support staff too to prepare and support the athletes through what’s been a really challenging continental and global campaign.”