Portugal 2018: Ukraine’s double delight

Another shock in women’s competition at Para canoe Worlds 25 Aug 2018
female Para canoeist Maryna Mazhula smiles in her boat after winning the race

Maryna Mazhula claimed her first world title in the women's KL1, beating defending champion Jeanette Chippington

By ICF and IPC

There was double gold for Ukraine and another world title for Australia’s Curtis McGrath on day three of the Para canoe World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

There was another big surprise in the women’s events as defending world and reigning Paralympic KL1 champion Jeanette Chippington was dethroned by Ukraine’s Maryna Mazhula.

Chippington is the second British female to lose her world title in as many days, following compatriot Emma Wiggs’ defeat in the KL2 on Thursday.

Mazhula finished ahead of Italy’s Eleonor De Paolis, with Chippington taking the bronze.

Still on top

Ukraine’s Rio 2016 champion Serhii Yemelianov successfully defended his KL3 world title, finishing ahead of Brazil’s Caio Carvalho and Russia’s Leonid Krylov.

“This is a great result for me,” Yemelianov said. “Now we can look ahead for Tokyo.”

Curtis McGrath took another KL2 world championship gold, his time of 41.735 quicker than the times he set winning last year’s 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.

“That was pretty tough but we had really great conditions and I was pushed all the way,” McGrath said.

“The competition is really heating up, it’s two years tomorrow until the Paralympic Games, so it’s exciting. Momentum is building for the Games.

“It’s definitely been difficult. I had a good prep for this competition, thankfully I did enough, just.”

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 Federation’s website.