The New Zealand women’s K4 team also dominated most of last season, before finishing third behind Hungary and Germany at the World Championships.
On Sunday Lisa Carrington, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher were joined by 22-year-old Rebecca Cole and, despite some anxious moments, found themselves back on top of the podium.
“Poland had a fantastic charge through to the finish, and they definitely pushed us through to the end,” Carrington said.
“It’s so important for us to keep learning about our race in the K4. I think it is something we will be taking a lot from, so it’s so important to have a race like today where we are pushed all the way.”
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Carrington also won gold with Aimee Fisher in the non-Olympic K2 200.
“It was awesome, I think one of the coolest things about it was I just enjoyed it so much,” Fisher said.
“On the start line my heartrate was going pretty wild, which I just haven’t felt for a long time now, so it’s cool to feel like I’m back.”
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Marta Walczykiewicz won a silver medal in the K1 200 at the Rio Olympics, but had not won a race for four years before Sunday’s triumph in Duisburg.
“I don’t remember when I last won,” Walczykiewicz said.
“I’m stronger than last year, so I’m back. Last year was very difficult for me because I had a problem with my arm, but now I’m good. It just hurts a little bit.”
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The Canadian dominance of the women’s canoe events continued, with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe celebrating her 26th birthday with gold in the C1 200.
“It felt pretty strong,” Vincent-Lapointe said.
“There was a headwind out there today, so it’s not as fast as I know I can do, but it was still a good race.
“It never gets boring. It’s such a good feeling to know what you can do, and then to be able to recognise it.”
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C2 partner Katie Vincent also got a chance to compete on her own, and responded by winning the C1 500.
“It feels great, one of the strong points for us is that we are able to push each other in the C1,” Vincent said.
“The race felt good for me. I knew I had a strong second half, so I wanted to use that to my advantage.”
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photo Wagner Araujo
photo Jay Adeff