Dual Olympic medallist Ken Wallace will be looking to make it back to back ICF World Cup gold medals in the space of a week, after he qualified fastest for tomorrow’s K1 500 A final.
The 29 year old Currumbin Creek paddler dominated his semi final, winning in 1:40.92, 0.26 seconds ahead of Czech paddler Josef Dostal, and will be looking to repeat the success he achieved in Szeged last weekend.
Joining him in the final with be 24 year old Avoca Beach paddler Lachlan Tame, after he finished second in his semifinal, with the top two advancing to the A final.
It will be Tame’s first ever World Cup A final, after making his debut in Hungary last weekend.
Fellow NSWIS paddler Naomi Flood and the younger Wallace, Bernadette powered through to the women’s K2 1000, with a powerful display in their heat overnight.
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 4:01.38, 5.57 seconds ahead of Austrian pair Ana Roxana Lehaci and Viktoria Schwarz.
The pair also contested the women’s K1 500 event, and despite impressive starts in the morning heats, the duo failed to finish in the top three, settling for a place in tomorrow’s B final.
The women’s K1 500 B final featuring the two Australians will get racing underway from 9:20am Czech local time.
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