Portugal 2018: Ukraine's double delight
Portugal 2018: Ukraineâs double delight 25.08.2018
Another shock in womenâs competition at Para canoe WorldsMaryna Mazhula claimed her first world title in the women's KL1, beating defending champion Jeanette Chippington Â© â¢ ICF By ICF and IPC
There was double gold for Ukraine and another world title for Australiaâs Curtis McGrath on day three of the Para canoe World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.
There was another big surprise in the womenâs events as defending world and reigning Paralympic KL1 champion Jeanette Chippington was dethroned by Ukraineâs Maryna Mazhula.
Chippington is the second British female to lose her world title in as many days, following compatriot Emma Wiggsâ defeat in the KL2 on Thursday.
Mazhula finished ahead of Italyâs Eleonor De Paolis, with Chippington taking the bronze.
Still on top
Ukraineâs Rio 2016 champion Serhii Yemelianov successfully defended his KL3 world title, finishing ahead of Brazilâs Caio Carvalho and Russiaâs Leonid Krylov.
âThis is a great result for me,â Yemelianov said. âNow we can look ahead for Tokyo.â
Curtis McGrath took another KL2 world championship gold, his time of 41.735 quicke r than the times he set winning last yearâs world title and the 2016 Paralympic gold medal.
The Australian said he had been dealing with a lot of distractions this year so was uncertain how he would perform in the final.
âThat was pretty tough but we had really great conditions and I was pushed all the way,â McGrath said.
âThe competition is really heating up, itâs two years tomorrow until the Paralympic Games, so itâs exciting. Momentum is building for the Games.
âItâs definitely been difficult. I had a good prep for this competition, thankfully I did enough, just.â
McGrath finished just ahead of the rapidly improving New Zealander, Scott Marlew, with another Ukranian, Mykola Syniuk, third.
Full results can be found on the International Canoe Federationâs website.
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