A silver medal to Amanda Reynolds capped off a strong day for the Paddle Australia team at the 2018 ICF Para-canoe World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal, on Thursday.
Reynolds (VIC) fought hard in the Para-canoe final of the women’s KL3, the event in which she won silver at the Rio Paralympics and took the World title last year.
But after a year which has seen the Victorian struggle with injury, she fell just short of Sweden’s Helene Ripa in a photo finish.
“I’ve only been back on the water for about a month,” Reynolds said.
“It’s frustrating, but it comes back down now to going back and starting again and makes me more eager for next year.
“I didn’t feel too bad for the first half of the race, but I guess not having that race prep makes it a bit hard for that last bit.
“I honestly didn’t know that I would be here for this one, because it was looking pretty grim at the World Cup. So just to be here is a bonus.”
Fellow Paralympic medallist Susan Seipel (QLD) missed out on a medal in the women’s KL2 after finishing sixth in the final. Seipel will have another medal opportunity in the VL2 on Saturday.
Action continues from the 2018 ICF Para-canoe World Championships on Friday, including the men’s KL2 (Curtis McGrath) and KL3 (Dylan Littlehales) finals.
By Paddle Australia