Lisa Carrington’s bid for four Olympic medals in Tokyo is well and truly alive.
She may not claim a fourth gold, but the K4 500 team finished an impressive second in their heat behind Hungary, who are probably the favourites.
Carrington, her gold medal K2 partner Caitlin Regal, Teneale Hatton and Alicia Hoskin led from the start and for much of the race before being overhauled at the end.
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Carrington was in her 10th race in five days, and it was the first time she did not finish across the line in first.
The top two from each heat go through to tomorrow’s semifinals, so the Kiwi K4 team avoided having to race a quarter-final today.
Poland won the other heat in a time slightly faster than the Kiwis, with Germany second.
Speaking after the race, Regal said the team had “stayed tight” through their other races, before coming in the final K4 event.
“It’s pretty cool to finally get in the big boat,” she told Sky.
Carrington said it was a “bit daunting” waking up on the morning of her final event, particularly as it was the K4’s first race together on the international stage.
Hatton added that Carrington and Regal’s gold medal success was a big boost.
“Those girls have been crushing it … it gave me a lot of confidence.”
“We’ve got each other’s back,” she added as the foursome had arms draped around each other.
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