Great Britain’s Charlotte Henshaw tightened her grip on the women’s KL2 race class with another stirring win at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Paracanoe World Cup in Poznań today.
Henshaw, a two-time Paralympic medal-winning swimmer, once again finished ahead of team-mate and Rio 2016 gold medallist Emma Wiggs in the 200 metres race at the Polish city’s Malta Canoe Course.
She triumphed in a time of 48.126sec with Wiggs second in 50.202 and Russia’s Nadezda Andreeva third in 53.974.
Henshaw revealed after her victory that she had overcome disrupted preparation which saw her battle a rib injury.
"It was enough to take its toll a little bit there at the end," Henshaw said.
"A few weeks ago, I wasn’t even sure I was going to be at this event, so to complete a full programme is a bit of a personal goal that I wanted.
"You can’t reach your limit without having someone pushing you and I absolutely would not be where I am without Emma."
Earlier, an emotional Wiggs had also overcome disrupted preparation and a painful wrist injury to take the gold medal in the women’s VL2 event.
Wiggs punched the water with delight after repeating her result from the 2018 ICF Paracanoe World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal, winning in a time of 58.301.
Australia's Susan Seipel finished second in 1:00.109, while there was a dead heat for the bronze medal between Russia’s Mariia Nikiforova and Britain’s Jeanette Chippington in 1:00.501.
Among today's other gold medallists was Russia’s Roman Serebryakov in the men’s VL2 and Ukraine’s Vladyslav Yepifanov in the men’s VL3.
Serebryakov beat home-town favourite Jakub Tokarz by just 0.056 of a second with a time of 54.322.
Another Russian, Igor Korobeynikov, finished third in 54.710.
Yepifanov, meanwhile, edged out Brazil's Caio Ribeiro de Carvalho and France’s Eddie Potdevin.
He clocked a time of 48.015 with Ribeiro de Carvalho second in 48.415 and Potdevin third in 48.627.
There were also victories for Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoza Mirzaeva in the women’s KL3 and Brazil’s Luis Carlos Cardoso Da Silva in the men’s KL1.
Mirzaeva, the 2017 world silver medallist and winner at last year's ICF Paracanoe World Cup in Szeged in Hungary, won in a time of 48.217.
Britain’s Laura Sugar was runner-up in 48.821 with Rio 2016 silver medallist Amanda Reynolds of Australia third in 50.941.
As for Cardoso Da Silva, he prevailed in 47.674.
He held off world champion Esteban Farias of Italy, second in 47.866, with Rio 2016 gold medallist Tokarz taking the bronze medal in 49.178.