A bronze medal for Susan Seipel and two more Paralympic quotas locked away were the highlights for the Australian team at the 2019 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Para-canoe World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, on Friday (23 August).
Seipel added to her silver in the women’s va’a VL2 with a hard-fought bronze in the final of the women’s kayak KL2, and in the process, ensured that Australia will have a representative in the race in which she won Paralympic bronze in 2016, this time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“I’m really happy to get back on the podium for the kayak,” Seipel said. “It’s been a few years.
“I’m so proud to have earned two quotas. It’s so exciting to have that prospect of a Paralympics to work towards. I’m in a great position to build from here.
“I think we have a really good team right now, and I’m just really enjoying working with everyone. It’s been a really great 12 months.”
Paralympic silver medallist AJ Reynolds finished seventh in the final of the women’s kayak KL3 and also managed to lock away a Paralympic quota.
This bring Australia’s current Paralympic quota spots to four with two more A finals to follow today (24 August).
The livestream can be accessed via the ICF’s website.
|Results – 2019 ICF Para-canoe World Championships|
|Women’s kayak KL2||Athlete||Result|
|Gold||Charlotte Henshaw (GBR)||47.62|
|Silver||Emma Wiggs (GBR)||49.03 +1.41|
|Bronze||Susan Seipel (AUS)||51.12 +3.49|
|Women’s kayak KL3||Athlete||Result|
|Gold||Shakhnoza Mirzaeva (UZB)||47.29|
|Silver||Laura Sugar (GBR)||47.32 +0.03|
|Bronze||Shahla Behrouzirad (IRI)||48.96 +1.67|
|7th||AJ Reynolds (AUS)||50.46 +3.17|
|Men’s va’a VL3||Athlete||Result|
|Gold||Curt McGrath (AUS)||47.42|
|Silver||Caio Ribeiro de Carvalho (BRA)||47.52 +0.10|
|Bronze||Stuart Wood (GBR)||48.42 +1.00|
|Women’s va’a VL2||Athlete||Result|
|Gold||Emma Wiggs (GBR)||56.10|
|Silver||Susan Seipel (AUS)||57.74 +1.64|
|Bronze||Mariia Nikiforova (RUS)||59.24 +3.14|
By Paddle Australia