Wallace takes step to Tokyo canoe berth
Australia have secured five additional Olympic quota spots including a possible berth in the inaugural women's canoe sprint events for the Tokyo Games.
Bernadette Wallace, who missed her chance to compete in the kayaking at the Rio Olympics when she was diagnosed with cancer just before the trials, joined with Josie Bulmer to win the two-person C2 race on Friday in the Oceania championships at Sydney International Regatta Centre.
With two women's sprint canoe events added to the program in Tokyo, Wallace and Bulmer are looking to make history.
The victory locked in an Olympic quota spot, although the pair still have to make the international qualification time in two further selection events to be on the plane to Japan.
"We are definitely really happy to get this done," Wallace said.
"This was part of the plan and we needed to do that and do it in a good way and I'm really happy with our race and that we executed it as well as we did."
It was a successful first day for the locals with Australia provisionally securing the maximum quota they were aiming for.
Queenslander Benjamin Manning took out the men's C1 1000m heat to nail the Oceania quota spot before Cat McArthur and Brianna Massie locked in another two Olympic berths with victory in the women's K2 500m.
"We are really stoked to get another two spots for Australia and to be a part of it," McArthur said.
"It's not any names on seats yet but it is exciting."
After only being able to send three paddlers to Rio, the women's kayak team has now secured the maximum quota of six spots with athletes to fill these spots yet to be decided.