Lindsay Thorpe wins bronze on Paracanoe Sprint World Championships debut
Great Britain’s paracanoeists could scarcely have hoped for a better first day at the World Canoe Sprint Championships after all racers qualified for their finals, and debutant Lindsay Thorpe won a bronze medal.
The 24-year-old, who only began paddling in December last year and joined the British Canoeing podium potential programme last month, made good on that promise with a medal in her first ever international event.
Competing in the VL3 200m, a race that went straight to the final, Thorpe had to wait until the very last race of the day to get on the water in Racice, Czech Republic.
Russia’s Larisa Volik eased to victory in a time of 59.341s but Thorpe was just edged out of silver medal position in the closing metres as Germany’s Anja Adler crossed the line in 1:08.241, just 0.106s ahead of the Brit.
Earlier in the day, Thorpe’s teammates had made serene progress through their heats, with Ian Marsden leading the way as he finished second in his KL1 200m race, qualifying for the final with a time of 50.960s.
Paralympic champion Jeanette Chippington went one better than Marsden as she won her KL1 200m heat in 56.147 to also qualify for the final.
And Emma Wiggs did likewise, stopping the clock in 51.297s in the KL2 200m to make the final, as did Nicola Paterson in the same event, clocking 52.930s.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Young won his KL3 200m heat in a time of 40.762s, with Robert Oliver finishing second his heat of the same event, recording a time of 41.676 to join his teammate in the semi-finals.
And the pair dominated that semi-final, finishing first and second – with Young crossing the line first in a time of 40.328s, as Oliver came home 0.144s later.
Young was not done there, either, as he came back out for the VL3 200m heats and cruised through that, winning by more than a second to make the final, where he will be joined by team-mate Martin Tweedie, who finished second in his heat in a time of 49.976s.
Racing begins at 9.30am on Thursday morning, with Charlotte Henshaw the first British paracanoer in action at 11.49am.