Aussie paddlers go one-two at World Cup

Australia's canoe sprint paddlers have wrapped up their world cup season with two gold and one silver medal in Duisburg, Germany.


Australia's paddlers have wrapped up the canoe sprint world cup season with two gold and a silver in Duisburg, Germany.

Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull finished one-two in the K1 5000 on Sunday, 24 hours after Bull came away with gold in the K1 1000.

The podium double made it two weekends in a row for the Rio 2016 K2 Olympians who claimed gold and silver in the K1 1000 at last week's World Cup meet in Poznan, Poland but in reverse order.

Burnett took an early lead in Sunday's gruelling longer event and never gave it up.

"That was the plan for AB to take it out for the first 500 and then continue for the rest of it but it all came down to a 200 metres sprint finish," Bull said.

"There were a few of us there and AB got the line but I'm happy to take the second, absolutely stoked. One, two, I couldn't be happier.

"Any world cup medal is a good medal, especially when racing against the best paddlers in the world."

The Australians were also able to land seven boats in team finals at the renowned Wedau course over the weekend, making the most of an opportunity to trial different crew combinations in preparation for the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary at the end of August.

Burnett and Bull combined with South Australia's Cat McArthur and WA's Jaime Roberts to finish sixth in the final of the K4 500, while Queensland's Brianna Massie and London Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones crossed sixth in the K2 200 after also winning the K2 500 B-final.


AAP