Ca­noe Sprint

Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

World Cup 1, today 9pm; to­mor­row 9.30pm.

New Zealand’s golden girl Lisa Car­ring­ton heads the eight­strong, all- women squad at this year’s two World Cups but there is a hint of un­fa­mil­iar­ity about her role in the first re­gatta in Por­tu­gal’s Mon­te­mor- O- Velho this week­end and a week later in Hun­gary. She will be in K2 and K4 boats in Por­tu­gal but will race the K1 200m next week. Car­ring­ton comes into the K4 for the now- re­tired Jaimee Lovett in one of two Kiwi crews who will race the K4 200m and 500m. Car­ring­ton and Aimee Fisher, who will also con­test the K1 200m in Hun­gary, will race the K2 200m and K2 500m here. Also in the New Zealand con­tin­gent de­ter­mined to build on the strong show­ing in Rio are Caitlin Ryan, Kayla Im­rie, Kim Thomp­son, Briar McLeely, Re­becca Cole and Brit­ney Ford. Af­ter the World Cup, the pad­dlers will re­turn home and await the nam­ing of the New Zealand team for this year’s world cham­pi­onships in late Au­gust in the Czech Repub­lic. It’s an­other busy week. There’s the last three rounds of the By­ron Nel­son from this morn­ing. It’s the same for the women at the LPGA’s Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship, where Ly­dia Ko is striv­ing to re­tain her No 1 rank­ing. It’s also the lat­ter stages on the Euro­pean Tour in Si­cily. The Euro­peans then turn their at­ten­tion to the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship at Went­worth from Thurs­day. Rory McIl­roy heads the field which in­cludes de­fend­ing cham­pion Chris Wood and South Korean An Byeong- hun, who won two years ago with a record 15- un­der, six shots clear of the field. Played since 1955, Euro­peans have dom­i­nated, with the only US win­ner the late, great Arnold Palmer in 1975. Ryan Fox was the first al­ter­nate on the early en­try list and should get a start. The women are at Ann Ar­bor in Michi­gan from Fri­day for the Volvik Cham­pi­onship won in its in­au­gu­ral year by Ariya Ju­tanu­garn at - 15. Ko was T16 at - 4. The Cham­pi­ons Tour hosts their Se­nior PGA at Trump Na­tional from Fri­day, with Rocco Me­di­ate de­fend­ing af­ter fir­ing 19- un­der to break the record set in 1973 by Sam Snead by three shots.

Pic­ture / Pho­to­sport

Ser­bia won the last Fifa Un­der- 20 World Cup in New Zealand two years ago, beat­ing Brazil in the fi­nal.

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