8 Aug 2012

K2 500 canoe sprinters 'stoked' to make final

9:40 am on 8 August 2012

New Zealand's K2 500 canoe sprint crew of Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor have qualified for the medal final on Thursday.

The pair came fourth in their semi-final with the seventh fastest time in the second round of 1.42.764, one second behind the fastest qualifier, from Germany.

Earlier, Carrington and Taylor qualified for the semi-finals after posting the eighth fastest time in the heats, just over a second behind the quickest boat, from China.

Taylor says they are stoked to make the final but realise they will have to go faster again if they are to figure among the medals.

The New Zealanders won their event at this year's Oceania Championships in March.

Carrington, the K1 200 world champion, also races in the K1 200 on Friday.

Meanwhile, Queenstown's Teneale Hatton has failed to qualify for the medal final of the K1 500 canoe sprint. The 22-year-old came fifth in her semi-final with a time of 1.54.504 seconds, four seconds behind the the winner from Hungary, Danuta Kozak.

Hatton will race in the B final on Thursday.