Robert McIntyre came the closest to a World Cup podium in his career just missing the bronze medal by three hundred’s of second to be relegated to 4th place in the Wildwater sprint final yesterday in Celje, Slovenia. This is the 3rd fourth place in a row in World Cup sprints over the last 2 years for McIntyre. He finished 4th in a time of 30.40 seconds after qualifying 3rd fastest in a time of 29.75 seconds.
The winner of the event was Nejc Znidarcic from Slovenia in a time of 29.68 seconds with the silver medal going to this year’s world champion Maxime Richard from Belgium in a time of 29.90 seconds.
Alex McIntyre just fell short of making the final and finished 21st overall in the 52 strong field in a time of 32.09 seconds.
Last night also saw Dita Pahl make the woman’s K1 sprint final after the qualification runs in a time of 38.66 seconds to be the 9th fastest qualifier. In the final Dita finished 12th in a time of 40.34. The winner was Constanza Bonaccorsi from Italy in a time of 34.57 seconds with the silver medal going to Melanie Mathys from Switzerland in a time of 35.64 and the bronze medal going to Mathilde Rosa from Italy in a time of 36.40 seconds.
Our other Australian Female athlete Georgina Collin finished 14th in the field of 20 competitors in a time of 39.63 seconds.
The World Cups continue this weekend in Pau, France with a joint slalom and Wildwater program.