Golden day for Lisa Carrington and company at Canoe World Cup sprint event in Portugal

New Zealand kayakers have stormed to their best-ever World Cup performance, collecting four gold medals after some team boat heroics on the final day of the opening event of the season in Portugal.

A day after Caitlin Ryan’s upset K1 500m victory, Aimee Fisher and Lisa Carrington paired up to win a dramatic K2 200m and 500m double just 50mins apart, before linking with fellow Olympians Ryan and Kayla Imrie to capture the K4 500m crown near the end of proceedings.

Capping a remarkable three days at the Montemor-o-Velho venue, New Zealand’s younger paddlers also recorded a flurry of final appearances, leaving the team delighted.

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