Lucy Wainwright confirmed her Olympic pedigree by dominating and winning the Women’s K1 500m race in a time of 1.55.30s and securing her selection to the GB team in Milan. The opportunity is there for Lucy to put down a performance that takes her to Beijing and her second consecutive Olympics at this distance. Close on her heels in an impressive second place was the 2007 European Junior Champion, Jess Walker, and whilst for the individual event Beijing has come a little early, she must be a firm favourite to compete and be a medal contender at London 2012.
The pre-race favourites in the Womens K2 500m event were Rachel Cawthorn and Hayleigh Mason who won in April, but they were pushed back into 4th place this time with an impressive win for 6 times World Marathon Champion, Anna Hemmings and Junior European Sprint Champion Jess Walker. Controlling the race from start to finish they posted a time of 1.50.58s, some 2 secs ahead of Abi Coulson and Louisa Sawyers. Now selected for the Europeans team, Anna Hemmings, will relish the opportunity to qualify a place for Beijing, and if she is successful it will be her second Games.
The end of the daily program is usually reserved for most spectacular of the Sprint events, the K4’s. On Saturday a newly formed K4 Womens crew of Walker/ Hemmings/ Cawthorn/ Mason showed good rhythm & tempo to take the Womens K4 500m title in a time of 1.41.54s.