NSWIS duo Lucien Delfour and Rosalyn Lawrence are both off to strong starts leading the way for the Australian men and women on day one of the first ICF Slalom World Cup in Cardiff, Wales.
The men’s C1, women’s C1 and men’s K1 heats have now be raced with six Australians progressing through to the semifinals to be raced in Cardiff this afternoon.
Currently ranked number one C1 women in the world in the ICF rankings, Lawrence executed a clean run on her first attempt down the course before sitting out the second run.
Lawrence finished 3.53 seconds behind Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin who produced a fast time of 115.80 to qualify fastest for the semifinal.
Fellow NSWIS paddlers Jessica Fox and Alison Borrows also impressed finishing fifth and seventh respectively, comfortably through to the next phase of the competition.
In the men’s K1 event Delfour was a standout, making up for a costly mistake missing a gate on his first run to bounce back under pressure in his second. He navigated the 25 gate course cleanly to record a time of 88.84, 3.84 seconds behind Czech 2012 Olympic silver medallist Vavrinec Hradilek.
Melbourne’s Jaxon Merritt also progressed to the semifinal but had a little bit of luck on his side, gaining the last semifinal qualifying spot in 40th overall.
On World Cup debut, 21 year old Joey Croft missed out on a semifinal berth in 50th, but will be better for the experience and eager for another opportunity to race at the second World Cup.
The men’s C1 was the other event to feature on the opening morning, with Penrith’s Ian Borrows progressing to the semifinal stage after finishing 24th is his heat.
Western Australian Robin Jeffery and Victorian Christian Fabris failed to qualify for the semifinal placing 31st and 37th following the second runs of the heat, with the top 30 progressing to the next phase.
Spots in the finals will be up for grabs in Cardiff this afternoon with the C1M, C1W and K1M semifinals all to be raced, with the top ten progressing to the final.
Full day wrap up will be posted on the Australian Canoeing website on Saturday morning.
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