Kiwi paddler Lisa Carrington fulfilled her world-champion status with victory in the Olympic K1 200 semifinals, progressing to tomorrow's final at Eton Dorney.
Carrington (23), who had finished second in her morning heat, started strongly and powered past Spaniard Teresa Portela Rivas over the last 100m of Semifinal One to clock a new Olympic record of 40.528s.
This is the first time the K1 200m has been contested at the Olympics, so the previous fastest time of 41.221s was set by Hungarian Natasa Douchev-Janics while beating Carrington in the heats.
Douchev-Janics was absent when Carrington won the world title in Hungary last year and looms as the woman to beat for the gold medal. She duly took out the third semifinal, factionally slower (40.570s) than Carrington's record.
Semifinal Two went to Russian Natalia Lobova in 41.413s.
Earlier in the week, the Kiwi warmed up for her specialist event by partnering Erin Taylor in the K2 500, finishing seventh in yesterday's final.
The K1 200 final is scheduled for 9.14pm tomorrow (NZT).