The opening day of the third and final ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup for 2013 has concluded in Poznan, Poland, with Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame both in the hunt for medals.
The day began in the perfect fashion for Wallace, with the 29 year old advancing directly into the men’s K1 1000 A final, earning the right to bypass the semifinals, after winning his heat in 4:04.781, 0.36 seconds ahead of Uzbekistan’s Alexey Mochalov.
Wallace’s red hot form continued in the men’s K1 500 event, cruising through to Sunday’s A final, where he will be looking to win a third straight gold medal following victories in Szeged, Hungary and Racice, Czech Republic in the past month.
The Queenslander won his semifinal in 1:43.94, 0.75 seconds ahead of Frenchman Cyrille Carre, with local Poland paddler Marek Twardowki finishing third.
Joining Wallace in Sunday’s K1 500 A final with will Avoca Beach paddler Tame, after he finished third in his semifinal, 1.73 seconds behind Danish star Rene Holten Poulsen.
In his debut World Cup season, Tame has showed gradual improvement in the K1 500, finishing second in the B final in Szeged, before finishing seventh in the A final at World Cup 2, and will be looking to improve even further in tomorrow’s final.
Racing will get underway on Saturday morning, with Wallace to feature in the men’s K1 1000 A final from 10:49am local time, where he will resume his battle with Poulsen, London Olympic bronze medallist Max Hoff and Belarus gun Aleh Yurenia.
Tame and Wallace will join forces later in the day to contest the men’s K2 200 event.
Follow the links below to LIVE RESULTS, the event can also be streamed LIVE from the International Canoe Federation (ICF) website.
Saturday Australian Schedule: (All times AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of Poznan, Poland local time)
6:49pm – MK1 1000 A final (Ken Wallace – Lane 6)
11:10pm – MK2 200 Heat 1 (Wallace/Tame – Lane 5)
1:10am – MK2 semifinals commence
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