The opening day of the inaugural ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships has concluded with five Australian boats advancing to A finals.
19 year old Maroochydore Kayak Club paddler Bill Bain showed why he is being earmarked as a future flatwater star qualifying third fastest for the coveted men’s U23 K1 1000 A final.
The 2011 Junior K1 Marathon world champion won his semifinal in 3:49.141, 1.504 seconds ahead of Russian Alexey Vostrikov and German Jochen Kaiser.
In the junior men’s K1 1000 semifinals South Australian Sean Lohse also advanced to the A final finishing third in his semifinal.
The Onkaparinga paddler finished 3.376 seconds behind Czech kayaker Tomas Vesely who recorded the fastest time of 3:49.338.
South Australian duo Luke Haniford and Zac Ryan progressed to the men’s U23 K2 1000 A final. The SASI pair finished 2.852 seconds behind Bartosz Stabno and Oskar Warszawski of Poland who won in a time of 3:31.776.
Jayden Newell and Mitchell Hughes finished sixth in the junior men’s K2 1000 securing them a spot in Saturday’s B final.
Both Australian U23 and junior women K4 500 crews secured A finals berths.
The U23 team of Amy Peters (VIC), Coco Howcroft (QLD), Stacey Higgins (QLD) and Cat McArthur (SA) registered the third fastest semifinal time of 1:46.107 to finish 2.015 seconds behind Denmark who won the semifinal in 1:44.092.
The junior girls K4 500 crew of Rebecca Mann (VIC), Alyssa Bull (QLD), Shannon Reynolds (WA) and Deeandra Godoy (NSW) also advanced to their A Final after securing the ninth fastest qualifying time.
Racing will continue in Welland, Canada on Friday from 9am local time (11pm AUS EST). Please refer to schedule below for key Australian race times.
Friday Schedule (Key Australian Races)
11:00pm – Heat 1 – K4 1000 JNR MEN (McKitterick/Duffy/Euers/Fitzsimons)
11:23pm – Heat 1 – K1 500 JNR WOMEN (Rebecca Mann)
11:47pm – Heat 2 – K1 500 U23 WOMEN (Alyce Burnett)
12:15am – Heat 2 – K4 1000 U23 MEN (Rypp/Smith/Bain/Wood)
12:35am – Heat 2 – K2 500 JNR WOMEN (Davies/Bulmer)
12:45am – Heat 2 – K2 500 U23 WOMEN (George/Martin)
2:00am – Semifinal – K4 1000 JNR MEN
2:15am – Semifinals – K1 500 JNR WOMEN
2:30am – Semifinals – K1 500 U23 WOMEN
2:50am – Semifinal – K4 1000 U23 MEN
3:05am – Semifinal – K2 500 JNR WOMEN
3:10am – Semifinal – K2 500 U23 WOMEN
5:05am – Heat 2 – K1 200 JNR MEN (Alex Graham)
5:35am – Heat 3 – K1 200 JNR WOMEN (Shannon Reynolds)
6:30am – Heat 4 – K1 200 U23 MEN (Todd Brewer)
6:40am – Heat 2 – K1 200 U23 WOMEN (Alyce Burnett)
7:10am – Heat 2 – K2 200 JNR MEN (Carson/Campbell)
7:25am – Heat 2 – K2 200 U23 MEN (Dunn/Petho)
(All times AUS EST, 14hrs ahead of local Welland, Canada time).
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