Simpson on top of world again

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Lynn Simpson overcame a five-second penalty in the first run to win the women's individual kayak at the World Cup final on the River Ocoee in Tennessee, and retain the overall title she won for the first time last year.

Simpson, who won the World championships on her home water in Nottingham four weeks ago, was in second place after the first run. A fast and precise second run gave her victory over Anne Boixel of France by more than four seconds. Simpson was particularly pleased with this triumph because it came at the venue that will be used for the 1996 Olympics.

Gareth Marriott made up for his disappointing 15th place in the World Championships with victory by more than five seconds in the Canadian singles.

WORLD CUP FINAL (River Ocoee, Tennessee): Men: Individual kayak: 1 S Shipley (US) 163.01sec; 2 T Becker (Ger) 164.26; 3 D Ford (Can) 167.28. GB: 10 I Raspin 172.38; 12 S Pearce 174.37. Canadian singles: 1 G Marriott (GB) 175.50; 2 M Lang (Ger) 181.03; 3 E Brugvin (Fr) 181.64. Canadian doubles: 1 J Simek and M Rohan (Cz Rep) 184.36; 2 F Haller and L Haller (US) 187.12; 3 K Kolomanski and M Staniszewski (Pol) 189.92. GB: 11 M Millar and S Pitt 201.99. Women: Individual kayak: 1 L Simpson (GB) 183.07; 2 A Boixel (Fr) 187.49; 3 M Fox (Fr) 187.75. Other GB: 10 H Corrie 205.72; 15 K Pigdon 209.85.