Flying fish knocks paddler from river race

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A flying fish has cut short a world-class Texas kayaker's attempt to finish a 340-mile endurance race on the Missouri River.

Houston resident Brad Pennington was considered among the favorites among the men's solo racers in the Missouri River 340.

The canoe and kayak race began Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Kan. Top finishers were expected to arrive across Missouri in the city of St. Charles as soon as Thursday morning.

Race officials say Pennington was forced to withdraw from the race when he arrived at the Lexington checkpoint. He reported being hit by a flying Asian carp.

Pennington told organizers that he was dizzy and couldn't continue to compete. He was not seriously injured and remained in Missouri for the duration of the race as a spectator.