It has been a solid opening morning for the Australian team with the C1M, K1M and C1W heats raced. A total of eight athletes have progressed to their respective semifinals tomorrow.
The day began with the C1M event.
Western Australian Robin Jeffery was the standout producing the 18th fastest heat run of 87.77 to finish 5.61 seconds behind Slovenian Benjamin Savsek who qualified fastest for the semifinal in 82.16.
Joining Jeffery in tomorrow’s semifinal will be New South Welshman Ian Borrows who secured the last of the qualifying places in 30th.
Borrow’s raw time of 86.07 was quick but four seconds in penalties for two gate touches put him on the brink of elimination but he snuck through.
If he can clean up his run tomorrow he will be in contention to reach his first final of the year.
Victorian Christian Fabris was not so fortunate producing for 39th fastest heat run of 91.70 which included two gate touches.
Jessica Fox picked up from where she left in Tacen to continue her domination of the C1W event.
The 20 year old qualified fastest for tomorrow’s semifinal with her first run time of 102.78 more than two seconds faster than Chinese paddler Qianqian Teng.
Rosalyn Lawrence finished fourth in the heat after also deciding to skip her second run and save her energy for the K1W event this afternoon.
Alison Borrows improved on her first run by four seconds to post the ninth fastest run of 111.49 which included three gate touches.
All three Australian men advanced through to the K1M semifinal tomorrow.
Lucien Delfour and Jaxon Merritt both executed clean first runs to qualify 25th and 28th fastest.
Tacen World Cup finalist Will Forsythe produced the fastest raw time of the Australians on their first runs in Prague but received four seconds in penalties.
Forsythe showed excellent composure on his second run to produce a clean run of 82.42 to finish 29th which was comfortably inside the top 40.
There is still plenty of racing to come this afternoon in Prague with Fox, Lawrence and Victorian Sarah Grant in action in the K1W heat, while Jeffery and Ethan Hodson will combine in the C2 competition.
Australian schedule (AEST)
12:00am – K1W Heat run 1 (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
12:59am – C2M Heat run 1 (Hodson/Jeffery)
1:33am – K1W Heat run 2 (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
2:32am – C2M Heat run 2 (Hodson/Jeffery)
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