Wrap of all the action on day one.
Australia are off to a strong start at the fifth and final ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia with all bar one athlete progressing to the semifinal stage.
NSWIS pair Rosalyn Lawrence and Jessica Fox set the standard for the Australian team producing the fastest two times in the C1W heat after each recorded a clean run down the course.
Lawrence pipped Fox for the top spot by 1.88 seconds to lead the way in 117.02.
Alison Borrows also safely progressed through to tomorrow’s semifinal finishing 12th, 24.38 seconds behind Lawrence.
Fox is currently sitting first at the top of the ICF C1 World Cup rankings and today’s result pushes her a step closing to securing the crown.
In the afternoon session Fox finished fifth in the K1W heat after producing a clean second run of 105.22.
Czech kayaker Katerina Kudejova produced the fastest run down the 24 gate course winning the heat in 104.29, 0.42 seconds ahead of Austrian champion Corinna Kuhnle.
Melbourne’s Sarah Grant and Lawrence also advanced to Sunday’s semifinal after finishing 26th and 27th respectively.
Western Australian Olympian Robin Jeffery and Penrith’s Ian Borrows are through to Saturday’s C1M semifinal after each improved on their second runs finishing 24th and 29th respectively.
Victorian Christian Fabris missed out on a semifinal berth finishing 35th.
The K1M heats concluded a high standard of racing on the opening day with the Australians producing some encouraging signs with all three athletes comfortably qualifying within the top 40 cut-off.
World Cup three silver medallist Lucien Delfour was the best of them producing the fifth best time, 1.11 seconds behind American Michael Smolen who recorded the fastest heat run of 92.68.
Making his senior comeback after a lay-off through injury, Armidale’s Will Forsythe and Victorian U23 kayaker Jaxon Merritt joined Delfour finishing 15th and 16th respectively.
The action will heat up on Saturday with the C1M, C1W and K1M semifinals and finals to be contested.
Both Fox and Delfour will be looking to cement their places on the ICF World Cup rankings and add another medal to their tallies at the final event of the series.
Please refer to schedule and links below for more information.
(Times listed as AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of Bratislava, Slovakia)
4:45pm – C1M Semifinal (Jeffery/Borrows)
5:50pm – C1W Semifinal (Lawrence/Fox/Borrows)
6:35pm – K1M Semifinal (Delfour/Forsythe/Merritt)
8:17pm – C1M Final
8:47pm – C1W Final
9:17pm – K1M Final
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