STORMED HOME: Jy Duff has finished fourth in his final at the junior championships.
STORMED HOME: Jy Duff has finished fourth in his final at the junior championships. Balint Vekassy

Half a second separates Coast paddler from a medal

Kawana Waters' Jy Duffy and Alyssa Bull performed strongly for the Australian canoe sprint team at the ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and Under-23 World Championships in Hungary on Friday night.

Duffy narrowly missed out on a medal in the junior K1 1000 final, finishing fourth.

The 17-year-old finished only 1.72 seconds behind race winner Artuur Peters, of Belgium.

Duffy said the race unfolded as he expected.

"It went pretty well. We knew everyone else would go out fast so I tried not to get fazed by that and worked through the back 750 and I think that I did that," he said.

The Buderim resident closed rapidly in the latter stages but missed out on a medal by half a second. He turns his attention to the junior K4 1000 final.

Bull finished ninth in the under-23 K4 500 A final.

The Australian quad finished 4.332 seconds behind China, which upstaged Poland and Russia to win the gold medal in 1:32.572.

The ICF Junior and U23 World Championships wraps up tomorrow.

Alyce Burnett will compete in the K1 500 A final.



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