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Australia top medal table at canoe world championships


Australia have ended on top of the medal table at the canoe sprint and paracanoe world championships in Germany, after three more podium places on the final day.

The paddlers brought the country's most successful world titles campaign to a close on Sunday, adding two silvers and a bronze medal to their overall tally.

Australia led the medal charge with four golds, three silvers and two bronzes at an event that also boosted the team's 2024 Olympic hopes.

Five women's, six men's and four paracanoe quota places were achieved for next years' Paris Games.

Young gun Yale Steinepreis got the final day's action under way for Australia, winning silver in the women's K1 200 final behind New Zealand's nine-time world champion Lisa Carrington.

"It feels pretty awesome, I'm stoked to win silver," Steinpreis said.

"I'd rather race Lisa and come second, than do a race without her."

Dual Paralympian Curtis McGrath added another medal to his world championships haul, picking up bronze in the men's VL3 200.

McGrath backed up from his gold in the kayak to finish third.

"It's been a big week, lots of racing and the competition has really stepped up," McGrath said.

"It's nice to finish with the bronze medal and another quota spot.

"It's all about building up to the pinnacle of our sport, the Paralympic Games. I can't wait to see what we produce next year (at Paris 2024)."

Aly Bull and Jackson Collins stood on the Mixed K2 500 podium for the second year in a row, taking silver in Australia's final event.

"We're naturally wired to look at the medal tally and performances after a critical benchmark event," Paddle Australia's high-performance chief Kim Crane said.

"Our achievements here have been outstanding."

The Australian team will now head to Paris for the final event of the international season, World Cup 3, which doubles as a test event for next years' Olympic and Paralympic Games.