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Pair seal Olympics canoeing spot

13:51 Mon Mar 5 2012

New Zealand canoeing's numbers at the London Olympics have been boosted to seven seats over five events after the Oceania championships in Sydney at the weekend.

Steven Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald won the Olympic qualifier K2 1000 race at Penrith, controlling the race from the start to win by more than five boat lengths.

But Ben Fouhy and Fred Teear increased pressure on the established pair by finishing second in the Oceania championship race which followed, won by Australians Ken Wallace and Murray Stewart.

Ferguson and Fitzgerald, tangled in the weed that plagued the course, finished a distant sixth.

Fouhy had earlier won the Olympic qualifier race in the K1 1000, while Teneale Hatton secured a seat for London with a win in the women's K1 500.

Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor combined to win the K2 500 final, adding two more seats to the one already secured by K1 200 world champion Carrington.

The final selection of athletes to fill the seats for the Olympics will be made in June.

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