GB Paracanoe squad aiming for final Paralympic places
We have a strong contingent for the upcoming World Championships in Duisburg, with an 11-strong British Paracanoe team vying for success this week at a time when the championships are set to be contested on Germany’s famous stretch of water for a second time in three years.
Team GB currently tops the list of countries in the sport as far as world titles are concerned, with 20 to their name, along with a further 35 medals in total from the seven years of World Championships.
Following the sub-par results of only three medals at the first two World Championships, athletes representing GB have won no fewer than seven medals at each of the last four WC events.
Additionally, the nine Brits contesting the Paralympic kayak events will have the thought of the Rio Games at the forefront of their minds, when the WCs kick off today.
GB’s Ian Marsden (K1 200m KL1) will be vying for the hallowed top four finish needed to see him qualify for the men’s KL1 Paralympic quota place. If Marsden claims this place he will ensure Great Britain contests all six events at the Rio Games when the sport makes its Paralympic debut in just four months’ time.
Along with Marsden, Birmingham’s Rob Oliver, who is the current European Champion, will be aiming for success in Duisburg too, in his class, the K1 200m KL3, following his triumphant GB team selection races whereby he won both events.
Jeanette Chippington also has the chance to defend her K1 200m KL1 World title at the Championships, and it’s worth mentioning that she still holds one title from 2012, and will surely be looking to keep that record going.
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