Watkins keeps it clean in ti­tle win

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - BRETT STUBBS

TAS­MA­NIAN Daniel Watkins has dom­i­nated the men’s ca­noe race to be crowned the C1 best at the Na­tional Slalom Cham­pi­onships at Brady’s Lake.

Watkins learned from his heats the pre­vi­ous day to put in a clean run and take out the ti­tle as Aus­tralia’s best C1 pad­dler.

Watkins fin­ished in 98.31 sec­onds, al­most a sec­ond faster than Tris­tan Carter (99.07) with Ian Bor­rows tak­ing third spot in a time of 101.51.

“I man­aged to fix a few er­rors from the heats, made a clean run, which helped to­day,” Watkins said.

“One cru­cial down in the eddy made the course a lit­tle bit longer with a few more chal­lenges but over­all, I kept to a sim­i­lar race strat­egy, which helped.”

It was nearly a Tas­ma­nian dou­ble at the cham­pi­onships but Kate Eck­hardt was pipped by Ros Lawrence for the women’s kayak­ing na­tional ti­tle.

Lawrence, in a time of 106.05 secs, edged out Eck­hardt for the vic­tory, with the Tas­ma­nian com­ing in sec­ond with a time of 108.02 and third place go­ing to Noemie Fox (108.65).

Yes­ter­day’s times in the WK1 were a bit slower than those recorded in yes­ter­day’s heats, which some at­trib­uted to a slightly more chal­leng­ing course.

The event winds up to­day.

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