Wallace and Flood hit the podium at World Cup 2

19 May 2014

CANOE/ KAYAK - SPRINT:The second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup was held in Racice, Czech Republic and Australia triumphed with medals to Ken Wallace and Naomi Flood.

Wallace wins Gold and Silver

Ken Wallace has won two medals on the final day of racing at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice, Czech Republic overnight.

The 30 year old won his second consecutive gold medal in the K1 5000 following victory a fortnight earlier at World Cup 1 in Milan.

Wallace completed the gruelling 5km course in 19.45.70 to finish 1.40 seconds ahead of German Max Hoff.

Wallace and Hoff dominated the race with bronze medal winner Rene Holten Poulsen of Denmark finishing more than 40 seconds behind the front two.

Exciting teenage prospect Jordan Wood continued his promising form with an impressive 14th place finish.

Earlier in the day Wallace finished second in the K1 500 final.

The 2008 Beijing gold medallist went one better than the bronze he won at the first World Cup claiming the silver medal behind Czech giant Josef Dostal.

Wallace finished 0.89 seconds behind the Czech who triumphed in 1:35.89.

Wood featured in his first World Cup A final placing eighth, 3.70 seconds behind Dostal.

Wallace said he has a real love hate relationship with the non-Olympic event.

“I know it is always going to hurt and those last 100 metres is going to be a real sting but it is good to get through it. It is always good to be on the podium,” Wallace said.

The 30 year old said he felt like a middleweight boxer up against the heavyweights of Dostal and bronze medallist Max Hoff.

Despite flying home in the latter stages of the final Wallace fell short of Dostal who had a strong middle section of the race.

“It was too much to try and catch. I think I was slowly reeling him in but not enough,” Wallace said.

Wallace will have little time to recover with the third ICF World Cup to commence in Szeged, Hungary on Friday.

Naomi Flood wins K1 silver

Manly kayaker Naomi Flood was the standout Australian performer on a tough morning of racing in Racice, Czech Republic.

A strong cross head wind played havoc for the competitors but Flood battered through the tough conditions to win silver in the women’s K1 1000 final.

The Manly kayaker finished 5.482 seconds behind Kiwi Teneale Hatton who was a class above in the final winning in 4:05.501.

It was a great effort by Flood after a short turned around of just 40 minutes between her K2 500 and K1 1000 finals.

Earlier in the K2 500 final Flood combined with fellow NSWIS kayaker Jo Brigden-Jones to place ninth, 4.305 seconds behind Belarus duo Marharyta Tsishkevich and Maryna Litvinchuk won who the gold in 1:47.084.

“I am glad it is over and I am glad to be on the podium and plenty of things to work, lots of opportunities looking forward,” Flood said.

Fellow Manly kayaker Murray Stewart headed into the K1 1000 A final full of confidence following a dominant display in his semifinal on Friday.

The 27 year old was unable to repeat his semi performance finishing fifth, 3.598 seconds behind German star Max Hoff.

Hoff’s victory made it consecutive World Cup gold medals following his win in Milan two weeks earlier.

Hoff won in 3:36.826, 2.582 seconds ahead of Danish kayaker Rene Holten Poulsen.

Portuguese paddler Fernando Pimenta took home the bronze 0.251 seconds further back.

Ken Wallace won the B final in 3:40.460, 0.365 seconds ahead of Laurens Pannecoucke of Belgium. His time would have placed him sixth in the A final.

“It was very tough. It was cold and windy, it was hard work today,” Stewart said.

Stewart also featured in the K4 1000 shortly after alongside fellow London champions Tate Smith, David Smith and Jacob Clear.

At their first World Cup of the year the quad finished fifth after running out of metres in the second half of the race following a slow first 500.

“The back 500 was alright but the first 500 was where we lost it and we have now got something to work on between now and next week,” Stewart said.

The Australian K4 finished 3.377 seconds behind Russia who won the gold in 2:58.112 ahead of Belarus and Germany.

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