Canoeing: Dagenham paddler hopes to improve after World Championship debut

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 August 2019

Daniel Johnson in action in Hungary (pic Bence Vekassy/ICF)

Daniel Johnson in action in Hungary (pic Bence Vekassy/ICF) Vekassy(ICF)

Dagenham’s Daniel Johnson believes he has lots of room to improve after finishing fifth in the K1 500m B final at the ICF Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Hungary.

Johnson, whose best World Cup finish is fifth in the K2 1,000m and K4 500m in 2017, recorded a time of one minute 39.77 seconds in Szeged as Israel's Ilya Podpolnyy took the victory.

The Chelmsford Canoe Club canoeist, who finished fifth in his semi-final and missed out on qualification through to the A final by just over a second, was satisfied on his World Championship K1 debut but is aiming to produce more in the future.

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"It was not a bad run, to have a sub 1.40 to add to the collection," he said.

"I was a little bit lucky in the last 100 but I'm fairly happy with the run. Hopefully it was a bit better than fifth.

"It was good. It's my first world championships doing K1 and I probably wasn't far away from qualifying in the semi-finals. So there's room to improve.

"I've got to improve across the board to help me move up the table a bit. I need to add some strength, speed and endurance."

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