Ken Wallace & Murray Stewart
Australia’s canoe sprint team to be nominated for the London Olympic Games took its final shape Sunday on the last day of racing at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships here in Penrith.
A storming finish in the final of the Men’s K1 200m by Murray Stewart all but settled the composition of the team to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee.
After four false starts by the field, Queensland’s Joel Simpson looked to have the measure of Stewart, but the Manly paddler surged home in the last 20 metres to complete a quartet of national titles, after taking the K1 1000, K1 500 and K4 1000 earlier in the championships.
Simpson needed to beat Stewart today in the third and deciding Olympic nomination race to force his way into contention for nomination to the Games.
But Stewart’s victory opened the way for reigning Olympic K1 500m champion Ken Wallace, and K2 paddlers Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird, to be nominated for selection.
Subject to the allocation of quota places to Australia by the International Canoe Federation, the Australian paddlers who have now met the criteria for nomination to the AOC are:
Murray Stewart (NSW)
Tate Smith (QLD)
Jacob Clear (QLD)
David Smith (WLD)
Ken Wallace (QLD)
Jesse Phillips (WA)
Stephen Bird (WA)
Alana Nicholls (WA)
Rachel Lovell (QLD)
Hannah Davis (SA)
Jo Brigden Jones (NSW)
Lyndsie Fogarty (QLD)
Naomi Flood (NSW)
Alex Haas (QLD)
Jake Donaghey (QLD)
Sebastian Marczak (NSW)
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