The wait is finally over for more than 300 athletes from 55 nations with the ICF canoe slalom World Championships commencing in London today from 7:30pm AEST.
NSWIS trio Jessica Fox, Rosalyn Lawrence and Alison Borrows will be the first Australian’s to feature in the women’s K1 heats from 8:15pm AEST.
This year’s World Championships doubles as an Olympic qualifier. The Australian trio need to finish inside the top 15 nations to secure an Olympic quota for Brazil next year.
Fox will lead the Australian women into battle as she looks to defend her K1 title after an historic performance at Deep Creek last year saw her become the first woman to win both K1 and C1 titles at the same World Championships.
This year she will be chasing history once again. If Fox can defend her K1 title she will become just the third woman in the sport to do so after Ludmilla Polesna (TCH) in 1961-1963 and 1967-1969, and more recently Corinna Kuhnle (AUT) in 2010-2011.
Borrows will be the first of the Australian trio to contest her first K1 run at 8:50pm AEST. Lawrence and Fox will follow at 9:00pm and 9:21pm respectively.
The top 20 athletes from the first runs will advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
The remainder will race a second run from midnight AEST, where a further 10 will also advance to the semifinals.
LIVE COVERAGE commences from 7:30pm AEST.
Australian race times (AEST):
8:50pm – Alison Borrows K1 women first run
9:00pm – Rosalyn Lawrence K1 women first run
9:21pm – Jessica Fox K1 women first run
Second runs to commence from midnight AEST.
|C1 Men||Top 10 Nations|
|K1 Men||Top 15 Nations|
|K1 Women||Top 15 Nations|
Please note: Australia will not enter a men’s C2 boat, and the women’s C1 event is a non-Olympic event.
For a greater explanation of the Olympic quota process CLICK HERE.