Four Australians will feature in finals on Saturday for day two of the first ICF Slalom World Cup in Cardiff, Wales.
Racing began on Friday with the men’s C1, women’s C1 and men’s K1 heats and semifinals.
Australia continued their dominance of the women’s C1 event with London Olympic K1 silver medallist Jessica Fox qualifying fastest for the final, despite two gate touches.
Fox won her semifinal in 116.83, 2.52 seconds ahead of Czech paddler Monika Jancova.
NSWIS pair Rosalyn Lawrence and Alison Borrows also advanced to the final in eighth and ninth respectively.
Penrith Valley kayaker Lucien Delfour will contest the men’s K1 final after executing a fast and clean semi final time of 86.80 to qualify second fastest for the final.
The 24 year old finished 0.64 seconds behind Czech U23 World Champion Jiri Prskavec who is in red hot form after taking out last month’s European title.
German defending champion Sebastian Schubert finished third, with former World champion Peter Kauzer of Slovenia and America’s Fabien Lefevre rounding out the top five.
Melbourne's Jaxon Merrit produced his best World Cup performance finishing 15th.
Unfortunately no Australian posted a top ten time to make the men’s C1 final, with Penrith’s Ian Borrows the best placed Australian finishing 19th in his semifinal.
Western Australian Robin Jeffery and Victorian Christian Fabris were eliminated after the heats in 31st and 37th respectively.
Racing will commence on Saturday from 9:17pm Australian EST for the men’s C1 final.
Disappointed to miss the semifinal cut, Jeffery will look for an improved performance in the men’s C2.
The Ascot canoeist will combine with NSWIS paddler Ethan Hodson, who will make his World Cup debut.
It is a newly formed C2 combination for the Australian’s with Hodson replacing London Olympian Kynan Maley in the C2 boat.
The women’s K1 heats and semifinals will also be contested on Saturday where Fox will be looking to prove her 2012 Olympic silver performance was no fluke.
Joining Fox in the women kayak discipline will be Lawrence and experienced World Cup campaigner Sarah Grant.
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