Ros Lawrence advanced to C1W and K1W semis
Day one of the third ICF Slalom World Cup in La Seu dUrgell, Spain has concluded with eight Australian paddlers advancing to their respective semifinals.
The day began with the C1M, C1W and K1M heats.
Western Australian Robin Jeffery and New South Welshman Ian Borrows were the first two paddlers to secure their places in the semifinals finishing 23rd and 30th respectively, with the latter narrowly sneaking into the top 30 cut-off.
Czech star Stanislav Jezek executed a fast and clean run of 94.10 to qualify fastest for the semifinal ahead of Spanish paddler Ander Elosegi and Czech canoeist Michael Jane.
Victorian Christian Fabris missed the cut finishing 41st after sitting out his first run.
Jessica Fox picked up where she left off in Augsburg last weekend with the World Cup 2 champion producing the fastest run as the paddlers make their way down the 22 gate course for the first time.
Fellow NSWIS paddler Rosalyn Lawrence was equally impressive producing the second fastest first run time before both girls decided to sit out their second runs to reserve energy for the K1 to follow in the afternoon.
Fox eventually qualified third fastest while Lawrence fell back to fourth.
Fellow Australian Alison Borrows also progress to the next stage finishing 12th.
The K1M followed with Lucien Delfour bouncing back from a disappointing first run to set the fifth fastest heat time behind Czech paddler Vit Prindis who flew down the course in 91.49.
Joining Delfour to fly the Australian flag in Saturday’s semifinal will be Melbourne Canoe Club kayaker Jaxon Merritt after he executed a brilliant first run of 95.63 to place 23rd.
Following a short break it was the K1W and C2M turn to race down the picturesque course set in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Fox and Lawrence continued their excellent starts to the third World Cup finishing 11th and 12th in the K1W heat.
Joining them in the semifinal will be Victorian Sarah Grant who is paddling with confidence after finishing eighth at World Cup 2.
In the final event of the day Jeffery backed up in the C2 alongside Ethan Hodson.
Unfortunately the pair could not repeat their 13th place finish in Germany narrowly missing the top 20 semifinal berth in 22nd.
Racing will heat up tomorrow with the C1M, C1W and K1M semifinals and finals to be raced.
The action is scheduled to begin from 4:45pm Australian EST (8:45am local race time).
4:45pm – C1M Semifinal
5:50pm – C1W Semifinal
6:35pm – K1M Semifinal
8:17pm – C1M Final
8:47pm – C1W Final
9:17pm – K1M Final
11:00pm – C1M Teams Final
11:28pm – C1W Teams Final
11:36pm – K1M Teams Final
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