Finally the sun was out after two days of atrocious conditions in Penrith for an action packed final day of racing at the 2013 Australian Open.
24 year old New South Welshman Lucien Delfour produced a powerful display of slalom paddling, overcoming an early gate touch on the upper section of the course by blitzing the middle and lower sections to win bronze in the men’s K1 final in 88.04.
U23 Czech World Champion Jiri Prskavec attacked the course from the outset winning the Gold medal in a time of 84.95, 1.03 seconds ahead of reigning German champion Sebastian Schubert.
“To be honest I am a bit disappointed because I wanted the first place, but I had a touch so I think it is still good to be on the podium,” said Delfour.
22 year old NSWIS paddler Joey Croft produced his best result to date, finishing sixth in the K1 final behind Delfour, pushing his name forward for senior K1 selection in 2013.
“It was my first senior international final so I was pretty nervous at the start line, but I was able to hold it together and get a good run, so I was cheering,” said Croft.
After winning silver in yesterdays men’s C1 final Ascot canoeist Robin Jeffery combined with Ethan Hodson to finish fourth in the men’s C2 final.
The newly formed duo finished 11.05 seconds behind the German pairing of Jan Benzien and Franz Anton who won the Gold in 102.30, 0.51 seconds ahead of fellow countrymen Kevin and Kai Mueller, while the Chinese crew of Fangjia Chen and Xiaodong Wang took home the bronze.
The result capped off a great weekend for Anton, with the German winning his second Australian Open Gold medal after victory in the men’s C1 on Saturday.
Finally Australia dominated the women’s C1 final with London Olympic K1 silver medallist Jessica Fox winning Gold in 111.97, 1.27 seconds ahead of Rosalyn Lawrence, with U23 paddler Alison Borrows rounding off the podium.
The senior and U23 athletes will continue their battle for selection when Bradys Lake, Tasmania hosts Selection Events 3 and 4 from 9-10 March.
Asked what he thinks of the Bradys course Delfour responded “It is pretty impressive, there is a big drop on the start and then its fast water and quite shallow, it is good fun,” said Delfour.