DUO: Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull in action in Belgrade.
DUO: Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull in action in Belgrade. Balint Vekassy

Duo targets world titles after just missing medal in Europe

CANOE: Rio Olympians Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett are fired up for the world championships after just missing out on a medal in their pet event at the world cup series.

The Sunshine Coast products were in the thick of the action during regattas in Europe.

Former professional ironwoman Bull claimed gold and silver in non-Olympic formats - the women's K1 5000 and K1 1000 - to continue her remarkable rise in the sport.

But she just missed out on a top-three result in the prized K2 500, alongside Burnett.

The fourth placing left them craving more

"I suppose just to come so close (to a medal), it makes us more hungry," Bull said.

Burnett was equally determined.

"It sucks to be so close but we've made a lot of improvements in the past year or two and we can't be disappointed with where we are at," she said.

"It just puts more fire in your belly for worlds coming up."

Burnett also finished fourth in another event which is on the Olympic stage, the marquee K1 500.

The duo surprised plenty of pundits to earn a berth in last year's Games in Brazil, where they reached the final and finished seventh.

But they are eager to take their paddling to another level and now have their sights on the world championships in the Czech Republic in August.

Meanwhile, Sunshine Coaster Billy Bain was seventh in the final of the men's K1 500 in Belgrade.



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