Slalom World Cup season comes to an end


Rosalyn Lawrence, Mallory Franklin & Katerina Hoskova
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Tom Collings, Friday, 22 August 2014

The fifth and final ICF canoe slalom World Cup was held in Augsburg, Germany last weekend.

Australia added a silver medal to take their World Cup tally to six thanks to a great piece paddling by Rosalyn Lawrence.

Lawrence won her third consecutive C1W medal of the series to finish second in the ICF World Cup standings behind Katerina Hoskova of the Czech Republic.

Lawrence improved on her semifinal run by more than 10 seconds but her time of 120.75 was no match for British paddler Mallory Franklin who won the C1W gold in 114.73.

Victorian Sarah Grant produced the best performance of her career to finish fourth in the K1W final.

The 28 year old narrowly missed out on a place on the podium by 0.16 seconds to Czech paddler Karolina Galuskova.

German Ricarda Funk used her home course advantage to win her second World Cup of the series in 104.52.

For Grant the result moved her to seventh in the ICF World Cup standings. A great reward for what has been a consistent series after posting four top 20 finishes.

Lawrence narrowly missed out on joining Grant in the final finishing 13th in the semifinal.

Fellow Australian Alison Borrows made her K1W World Cup debut finishing 44th. The Penrith paddler also featured in the C1W event finishing 18th.

Despite missing the final World Cup Jessica Fox finished ninth in the K1W rankings.

Lucien Delfour was the best of the Australian men finishing 18th in the K1M semifinal. Coincidentally that is also where he finished on the ICF rankings. Not a bad result considering he didn’t compete at the second World Cup.

Fellow Australians Jaxon Merritt and Will Forsythe failed to advance to the semifinals finishing 43rd and 52nd respectively.

Ian Borrows was the only Australian to advance to the C1M semifinal finishing a respectable 21st.

With the top 30 advancing to the semi Christian Fabris was the unlucky paddler finishing 31st in the heat.

Western Australian Robin Jeffery finished 35th.

Jeffery also contested the C2M alongside Ethan Hodson. The pair finished 17th in the semifinal.

The team will now turn their attention to preparing for the ICF World Championships which will be held at Deep Creek, USA from the 17-21 September.

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