K4 athletes Alyssa Bull, Jaime Roberts, Alyce Burnett, Jo Brigden-Jones. Photo Steve McArthur (Rowing Celebration)
K4 athletes Alyssa Bull, Jaime Roberts, Alyce Burnett, Jo Brigden-Jones. Photo Steve McArthur (Rowing Celebration)

Coast duo help snare tickets for Tokyo 2020

PADDLING: Sunshine Coast products Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull have helped to secure Australia coveted tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The pair, with teammates Jo Brigden-Jones and Jaime Roberts, finished seventh in the final of the women’s K4 500m at the ICF canoe sprint world championships in Szeged, Hungary, yesterday.

Those efforts helped to cement Australia’s spot in the K4 event at Tokyo.

Rio Olympian Alyce Burnett said even though there was a suggestion the Australian women’s K4 could still miss out, despite making the final, the quartet knew they were safe.

“The selection policy is very confusing, but we knew everyone in the top ten was safe,” Burnett told Paddle Australia.

“But to make us extra safe, we wanted to be top eight. We got seventh, and we were happy with our race, but we would have preferred to be much higher.

“We got seventh last year as well, but we’ve got a lot to build on, the field is a lot closer than last year, we were only point two (of a second) off fifth, so we’re very excited.

“This is not just for us but for Australia. And to know that we have a few girls going to the Olympics now is pretty cool.”

Fellow Rio Olympian Bull said now the Olympic quota was locked away, each athlete had to step up to make the Tokyo 2020 team.

“At the end of the day we still have to earn our own places on the team, but I’m excited for everyone to be pushing the next domestic season,” Bull said.



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