Alyce Burnett won the women's K1 5000 at the Canoe Sprint World Cup II in Duisburg, Germany on Sunday.
Alyce Burnett won the women's K1 5000 at the Canoe Sprint World Cup II in Duisburg, Germany on Sunday. Bence Vekassy

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PADDLING: Although buoyed by stellar efforts on the word stage, Rio Olympian Alyce Burnett says she and her Australian teammates can't afford to get too complacent as they chase qualification into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Both Burnett and fellow Sunshine Coast product Alyssa Bull were a dominant duo at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany, on the weekend by winning gold and silver respectively in the women's K1 5000.

Bull also won gold in the women's K1 1000.

The pair then jumped in the canoe for the K4, which is the major focus for Olympic qualification, where they finished sixth in the A-final.

The latter was a pleasing result for the team but Burnett said there was still plenty to work on ahead of the Canoe Sprint World Championships.

"Obviously come August it's Olympic qualification and the top ten boats will make it. So, placing sixth this weekend is good but a few top crews were missing and I think we still have a lot to improve on,” she said in a Paddle Australia press release.

"Everyone steps it up again come August, come world champs, so we can't be complacent that's for sure.

"I think we now need to go back to training and try a few things and really improve on the base that we've got now and hopefully come August we'll be right up there.”

In other Australian A-final results, newcomer to the team Maroochydore's Brianna Massie finished sixth in the women's K2 200 together with London 2012 Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones with the pair happy about their first competition together.

Burnett and Bull were both ecstatic with their individual efforts, especially after claiming silver and gold respectively in the K1 1000 at another world cup event in Poland the week prior.

"Any world cup medal is a good medal, especially when racing against the best paddlers in the world,” Burnett said.

"Above all, it's just good to get out there and have a race with your mate.”



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