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Five For Friday: Canoe/Kayak Sprint World Championships

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 24, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Athletes compete in canoe sprint at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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Stanton Collins and Ian Ross are among the paddlers representing the U.S. at this week’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

The competition began Wednesday with qualification races and goes through Sunday. Finals will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a number of canoe and kayak races.

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Competing for the U.S. in paracanoe are 2016 Paralympian Kelly Allen, Jillian Elwart, Jamey Parks and Nikiha Miller.

Collins, a junior national champion in 2011, is a kayaker competing in the 200- and 500-meter distances.

Ross is competing in the men’s canoe 500- and 1,000-meter distances.

Other U.S. paddlers include Ann Armstrong, who is competing in the women’s canoe 200- and 500-meter races. Women's canoe makes its Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

TV: 10:30 a.m. ET Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.  Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc