McDow­ell qual­i­fies for Rio Olympics


Porirua kayaker Marty McDow­ell took a big step to­wards se­lec­tion for the Olympics at his last op­por­tu­nity, the re­cent Ocea­nia ca­noe sprint cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide.

The 28-year-old pad­dler did enough in his K1 1000m heat to qual­ify a boat for Rio de Janeiro, sub­ject to New Zealand Olympic Com­mit­tee ap­proval.

He fin­ished se­cond be­hind Aus­tralia’s Daniel Bowker, with pad­dlers from the Cook Is­lands and Guam fin­ish­ing well adrift. Aus­tralia have al­ready qual­i­fied a K1 1000m spot.

McDow­ell con­tin­ued his good form in his semi-fi­nal, clock­ing a slick 3min 31.73s, and beat­ing Canada’s for­mer Olympic gold medal­list Adam van Kou­ver­dan.

‘‘That was a re­ally tough semi and I was stoked to beat Adam, who’s one of the best around,’’ McDow­ell said.

‘‘Get­ting through the heat was pretty good be­cause there was so much rid­ing on it and you never want to take a race like that lightly, but the semi­fi­nal gave me a much bet­ter idea of where I was at.’’

In the fi­nal, McDow­ell fin­ished eighth of nine in 3min 42.20s.


Marty McDow­ell in ac­tion at the Ocea­nia sprint cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide on Fe­bru­ary 13.

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