Aly Bull has won back-to-back world titles as Australia remains at the top of the medal table at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Germany.

The Queenslander clinched Australia’s fourth gold medal, and sixth podium place overall, on the Regattabahn Duisburg course, successfully defending her women’s K1 1000 metres crown. 

The two-time Olympian finished almost two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, Poland’s Justyna Iskrzycka. 

“I’m really stoked to be able to go back-to-back in the K1 1000, it’s a challenging race and it’s pretty cool I was able to do it,” Bull said. 

“I tend to try and not look around when I’m in a race … I just knew that there was a bit of a tail breeze on today. I really wanted to go hard from the start.

“I overcooked myself in that middle section but I was really glad to still be able to come away with a win.”

As well as Bull’s gold, Australian paddlers secured two more quota spots for next year’s Paris Olympics, courtesy of strong finals performances from Tom Green and Alyce Wood.

Green qualified the quota spot by finishing fourth in the men’s K1 1000m final, while Wood placed fifth in the women’s K1 500m decider.

Fletcher Armstrong and Jakob Hammond finished seventh in the men’s K2 1000 final and Susan Seipel backed up her bronze-medal performance from the previous day to finish fifth in the women’s KL2 200m.