Goble off to world champs after long lay off

02 Jun 2017

CHAMPION athlete Matt Goble celebrated his six-year hiatus from international racing by qualifying for the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, later this year.

Matt earned his spot by edging out former doubles partner Rob McIntyre in the K1 200m at the World Cup 2, just completed in Szeged, Hungary.

Matt's higher ranking gave him the vital nomination for the team.

Jayden Ellis also made the world championship team, an outstanding effort as his World Cup 2 program was his first international event as a senior.

SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach Nathan Luce said Matt's return to the Australian team had been excellent.

"This has been the most competitive World Cups I have seen,'' Luce said.

"Matt was not far off the A final and had a real sniff at the A final,'' he said."

"He is a pretty chilled sort of guy and is looking forward to racing again.

"Jayden had a great first international series and just missed the A final. That was very respectable. They are both looking on improving on that. All in all everyone's pretty excited and pumped.''

Cat McArthur also enjoyed a top World Cup 2 meet. She finished seventh in the K1 1000m final and also competed in the K4 500m.

Josie Bulmer lined up all of the individual women's canoe events, C1 200m, 500m and 5000m.

The 200m event is the Olympic distance, just Josie's second international race in the canoe.

World Cup 3 heads to Belgrade, Serbia, between June 2 and 4 with all four SASI athletes expected to take part.

You can follow their results on the ICF website:

https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-sprint-world-cup/belgrade-2017

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