Ros Lawrence at Cardiff World Cup
The second ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup commences in Augsburg, Germany tomorrow with a world class field assembled for the three day event.
The Augsburg course known as the ‘Ice channel’ has been the model of numerous courses around the world and is destined to produce some exciting whitewater action this weekend.
The same team that competed in Cardiff last weekend will line up in Augsburg. They include: Jess Fox (NSW), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Sarah Grant (VIC), Alison Borrows (NSW), Lucien Delfour (NSW), Jaxon Merritt (VIC), Joey Croft (NSW), Ian Borrows (NSW), Robin Jeffery (WA), Christian Fabris (VIC) and Ethan Hodson (NSW).
Disappointed with her performances at World Cup 1, Lawrence is looking to improve in Augsburg and is looking forward to the beginning of competition.
“The team atmosphere is great, everybody is happy to be in Augsburg even though it's cold, because it's such a beautiful place with a fun course. We're all looking forward to having the Junior and U23 teams here to cheer us on for the race,” said Lawrence.
Racing will commence on Friday morning local time with the C1M, K1M and C1W heats and semifinals to be contested on the opening day.
The Finals for these events will be raced on Saturday morning, with the C2M and K1W heats and semifinals to follow and the finals to proceed on Sunday.
London Olympic K1 silver medallist Jessica Fox will once again lead the Australian charge after she got off to a great start at World Cup 1 in Cardiff, Wales last weekend winning silver in the C1 and finishing fifth in the K1 event.
Joining Fox on Friday in the C1W heats will be Lawrence and Borrows, with the latter looking to continue her excellent start to the World Cup season after she produced a career best fourth place finish in Cardiff.
The trio will face stiff competition from Frenchwoman Caroline Loir, Czech paddler Katerina Hoskova and 17 year old World Cup 1 winner Kimberley Woods of Great Britain.
Lawrence is looking for an improved performance this weekend, “I wasn't very happy with my racing in Cardiff, but I'm feeling confident about the World Cup this weekend. I've spent quite a bit of time training in Augsburg so I know the course well.”
The K1M competition promises to be a hotly contested affair with more than 15 paddlers capable of winning this weekend.
One of those is 25 year old paddler Delfour who finished eighth in Cardiff.
Joining Delfour in the K1M will be Merritt and Croft, with the latter looking to improve on his 50th place finish last weekend in Cardiff where he made his World Cup debut.
Slovakian pair Alexander Slafkovsky and Matej Benus, Brit David Florence and Frenchman Denis Gargaud Chanut will be the frontrunners in the C1M event which will open the program.
After dominating the Australian selection races earlier this year, Jeffery will be out to recapture that form after finishing a disappointing 31st at World Cup 1.
Joining the popular Western Australian in the C1M event will be Borrows and Fabris who finished 19th and 37th respectively in Cardiff last weekend.
On Saturday Fox, Lawrence and Grant will contest the K1W event, while Jeffery and Hodson will contest the C2 together for just their second World Cup together.
Racing will commence on Friday morning from 9am local time (5pm AUS EST).
The event will be televised on Eurosport. Check your local guides for more details.
For more information visit the official event website here.
The “founder of all artificial canoe slalom courses”, the Augsburg ‘Ice channel’ and canoe slalom stadium with a capacity of 20,000 spectators, has been the idea and model for the numerous canoe courses built all over the world.
The present course is approximately 308m long with a drop of 4.1m and a flow of between 3 and 6m/sec. A width varying between 10m and 12m and a depth of 40 cm – 120 cm creates this grade IV wildwater course. Check out action of the 2010 Augsburg World Cup now.
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