Portugal 2018: Four things we learned27.08.2018
Major takeaways from the Para Canoe World Championships
The 2018 Para Canoe World Championships came to an end on Sunday (26 August) in Montemor-o-velho, Portugal. Here are four things we can take away from this edition:
New women in the water
Both Henshaw and Ripa switched to Para canoe, and their talents apparently transferred well.
Men’s KL3 rivalry
Yemelianov was able to hold onto the title, but the Rio 2016 champion will have to watch as Carvalho appears more motivated to do better than his bronze at his home Paralympics.
McGrath still unbeatable
The Paralympic champion also won the men’s VL3 category, which means a lot more now that the discipline was added to the Tokyo 2020 programme.
Three new medal events have been added to the 2020 Paralympic programme for canoe – men’s VL2 and VL3, and women’s VL2.
While Wiggs was not able to defend her title in the kayak, she proved to be a powerful contender in the Va’a boat (outrigger canoe) after her gold.
Brazilians appeared the strongest in this discipline after Carvalho chased down McGrath for silver in the men’s VL3. The VL2 event saw only 0.6 seconds separate winner Igor Tofalini and Luis Silva – both Brazilian.