Chippington revels in Grand Slam success as British team end on a high
Paracanoeist Jeanette Chippington could hardly hide her delight as she secured the final piece of the Grand Slam puzzle in the Czech Republic, becoming the second Brit to do so in two days.
The 47-year-old won the Paralympic K1 200m title last year before adding European gold earlier this summer and then on Saturday won world gold to hold all the major titles in the same 12 months.
Chippington’s 11th world title victory tops off a successful two days for Great Britain, with Emma Wiggs also achieving the grand slam in the KL2 on Friday, and the two-time Paralympic champion recognises it is a historic day.
“The fact you are only going to be able to do that every four years means actually doing it is a massive feat in itself,” said Chippington, who won the final by more than half a second to reclaim her world title.
It’s another mark in history and to do that again would be very difficult. Jeanette Chippington
“Every single race is hard, it’s never easy and deep down I wanted to get my title back today, I train so hard every day so it’s just great to do well.”
Jonny Young added to Great Britain’s medal haul with bronze in the KL3 200m final, bringing the total tally for the week to three golds, one silver and two bronzes.
For Young, the victory meant his second medal of the week after he won the VL3 200m and the 33-year-old is glad to have proved he can succeed in both disciplines.
“The big question I wanted to ask this year was if I could manage both boats,” he said.
“I had paddled the Va’a in 2014 and 2015 but had to shift all my focus onto kayak to try and make Paralympics Games selection last year.
“The entire focus this year has been kayak and it’s just been the last few weeks that I jumped in the Va’a for selection which then meant I could race Euros and this week it’s worked quite well.”
Elsewhere, Rob Oliver finished sixth in the same final and, after another successful day on the water, paracanoe team leader Steve Train feels the squad is moving in the right direction.
“We saw this year very much as a build year in terms of building on what we did in Rio, going back to a few basics with some of the established athletes and bringing a few of the new guys through,” he said.
“We are really pleased with how the team has performed this week which is testament to the way we operate.
“It’s a very big team effort so congratulations to every one of them.”