Wiggs and Young celebrate paracanoe world crowns in Racice
Great Britain’s paracanoeists enjoyed a successful day on the water at the World Canoe Sprint Championships in Racice as they picked up four medals, including two golds in today’s afternoon session.
With five representatives across the three finals on Friday afternoon, chances were high that the team were going to add to the bronze medal won by debutant Lindsay Thorpe earlier in the week in the Czech Republic.
And there was plenty to smile about including world titles for Emma Wiggs and Jonathan Young in the KL2 and VL3 finals respectively.
As the reigning Paralympic, World and European champion all eyes were on Wiggs to see if she could deliver another global title.
She had company in the final too in the form of teammate Nicola Paterson who had finished second behind Wiggs at the last two World Championships.
The two led by example again in the final, with Wiggs the one to take victory in 49.947 seconds, with Paterson 1.972 seconds behind in silver, clear of Russian’s bronze medallist Nadezda Andreeva.
Britain did not have to wait long for another world champion either as the very next race saw Young power his way to gold – his very first at this level after a silver in 2015 – with a bronze medal going the way of teammate Martin Tweedie.
Young’s time of 48.769 was 0.561 seconds faster than Brazil’s Caio Ribeiro de Carvalho with Tweedie crossing the line in 50.958 in lane six for his third career World medal.
Earlier in the afternoon Ian Marsden missed out on the medals as he finished fourth in the men’s KL1 200m final.
Gold went to Italy’s Esteban Gabriel Farias in 47.116s with Marsden crossing in 49.605, a second and a half behind Brazil’s bronze medallist Luis Carlos Cardoso da Silva.
Racing continues on Saturday with Young and Robert Oliver going in the KL3 200m final, and Jeanette Chippington in the KL1 200m final.