Naomi Flood & Bernadette Wallace
2013 ICF World Cup 1
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Action is underway on day one of the second ICF World Cup in Racice, Czech Republic.
It has been a good start for the Australians, with Currumbin Creek paddler Bernadette Wallace and Manly’s Naomi Flood taking out their K2 1000 heat, securing a berth in tomorrow’s A final.
The pair opened up a sizeable lead at in the first half of the race, leading the field by five seconds through 500 metres, increasing that lead slightly in the second half of the race, winning in 4:01.381, 5.57 seconds ahead of Austrian pair Ana Roxana Lehaci and Viktoria Schwarz.
Wallace earlier got off to the perfect start in her K1 500 event, upstaging New Zealand champion Lisa Carrington to take the heat win in 1:59.10, 0.63 seconds ahead of the London Olympic K1 200 gold medallist.
Flood also secured a semi final berth after finishing third in her heat, 0.50 seconds behind Denmark’s Henriette Engel Hansen.
Fresh off the back of his K1 500 gold medal at the first World Cup in Szeged last weekend, Ken Wallace progressed to this afternoon’s K11000 semi finals after finishing fourth in his heat.
The racing heats up in Racice this afternoon with the women’s K1 500 semifinals set to commence shortly, with Wallace and Flood keen to make a statement and secure a A final berth.
Wallace will then follow in the men’s K1 1000 semifinals, before contesting the men’s K1 500 heats alongside New South Welshman Lachlan Tame.
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