Lawrence ends drought to win C1 gold in Prague

Canoe Slalom / Jun 21, 2014

It was Lawrence’s fourth C1 World Cup triumph of her career, her first since she won in 2012 at Cardiff and she was clearly delighted to be back on top.

“It has been two years so finally I have broken the drought,” Lawrence said.

The 25 year old bounced back after a disappointing opening day which saw her eliminated from the K1W competition in 43rd.

“I was pretty determined to do something better than in my K1 and it worked out reasonably well,” Lawrence said.

All the C1 women struggled across the semifinal and final today with not one paddler able to execute a clean run down the 22 gate course.

“It is a pretty difficult course, there are a lot of touches and a few 50s being given out. I struggled a bit under the bridge but I tried to keep it on track and it went reasonably well,” Lawrence said.

Despite losing some time on the lower section of the course Lawrence was pleased with her run in the final.

“I thought it was pretty good until the bottom half where I had a couple of difficulties but I was hoping I could hold it together and to be on the podium.”

Lawrence did exactly that, winning the final in a commanding time of 117.19 to finish more than seven seconds ahead of local favourite Katerina Hoskova of the Czech Republic.

Nanqin Cen of China edged German semifinal winner Lena Stoecklin for the bronze.

Tacen World Cup winner Jessica Fox finished eighth. Fox produced the quickest raw time in the final but was adjudged to have missed gate eight and incurred a 50 second penalty which all but ended her golden run of form.

Lawrence is hoping her victory will kick start a winning streak.

“It is pretty exciting, hopefully it will be a bit of a confidence booster and I can keep doing it in the future.”

Lawrence will contest the fourth ICF canoe slalom World Cup from 1-3 August in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain.

Saturday wrap up

Unfortunately the Australian men could not match the women on the water with the no C1M or K1M reaching the final.

It was a disappointing day for the C1M with Ian Borrows and Robin Jeffery both making mistakes on their semifinal runs to finish 25th and 27th respectively.

The final was won by Slovakian legend Michal Martikan.

Despite a gate touch on eight he won the gold in 93.56, 1.87 seconds ahead of British paddler David Florence.

Slovenian Benjamin Savsek produced the quickest raw time of 89.59 but had three gate touches which relegated him to the bronze medal position.

After a bright start on the opening day the Australian trio of Will Forsythe, Lucien Delfour and Jaxon Merritt all failed to make the K1M final.

Tacen World Cup finalist Forsythe was the best of the three in 26th which was more than 12 seconds behind semifinal winner Michal Smolen of the USA.

Merritt and Delfour finished 34th and 35th respectively with each receiving a 50 second time penalty for a gate miss.

It was a shame as Delfour’s raw time would have seen him progress to the final.

The final was won by German Hannes Aigner in 87.16, 3.19 seconds ahead of Czech favourite Jiri Prskavec. U23 World Champion Smolen took home the bronze.

The Teams event concluded a busy day or racing with Borrows, Jeffery and Christian Fabris finishing fifth in the C1 final, while Delfour, Forsythe and Merritt finished sixth in the K1 teams event.

Sunday Preview

On Sunday just two Australians will be in action with Jess Fox and Sarah Grant set to feature in the K1W semifinal at 5:30pm AEST. The top ten will advance to the final which is scheduled to commence at 8pm.

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