Australians have battled through wind and waves to post strong results on the opening day of the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznań, Poland (23-26 May).
Seipel finished second behind world champion Charlotte Henshaw (GBR) in her heat of the women’s 200m KL2, and said it was a good first race given the weather.
“I’m fairly happy given the conditions,” Seipel said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with our new coach Shaun [Caven], and looking forward to what’s to come. I think I’ve improved a lot in the past year, and I think I have a lot more improvement to come.”
Littlehales has been one of the most improved athletes on the Australian Para-canoe team, and underlined that growth with a strong second behind Brazilian speedster Caio Carvalho (BRA) in their heat of the men’s 200m KL3.
“I had a tough field, two of the top six paddlers out there with me, so there was four of us going for three spots. I had a good enough race that I was able to get through,” Littlehales said.
“I’ve been feeling really good. I’ve been training the past couple of months down at NSWIS [the NSW Institute of Sport], and the team have been really great.
“I’m feeling faster than ever. Every year I’m learning something new. It’s a great experience.”
Reynolds was slow out of the start in her heat of the women’s 200m KL3, and found herself in the unfamiliar position of having to contest a semi-final. There were no mistakes on the second outing, with Reynolds into the final.
Racing continues in Poznań from 18:00 AEST.
By Paddle Australia