Strong qualifying day for Australia at Canoe Slalom World Cup 3

Paddle Australia’s canoe slalom team is well placed after the opening day of the third ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Augsburg on Friday (6 July) with eight out of the ten-strong Australian team qualifying for Saturday’s and Sunday’s semifinals.

Australia’s Jessica Fox (NSW), who is chasing a third consecutive 2018 K1 World Cup title, qualified for the K1 semifinals after finishing fourth in the heats. She will be joined in Saturday’s semifinals by teammates Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) and Kate Eckhardt (TAS), who qualified with a 15th and 16th place respectively.

Once again, Fox underlined her versatility with a second place in the women’s C1, where she is also chasing a third consecutive gold. Sister Noemie Fox (NSW) progressed through to Sunday’s semifinals with a strong seventh place and Ros Lawrence qualified for her second semifinal with a 15th place.

Australia’s men’s team also had a strong start at the venue where canoe slalom made its Olympic debut in 1972, with 2016 Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) qualifying with a solid fifth place in the men’s K1 heats despite attracting a two-second penalty. Tim Anderson (NSW) will join him in Sunday’s K1 finals.

In the men’s C1 qualifying, Ian Borrows (NSW) and Daniel Watkins (TAS) progressed through to Saturday’s semifinals after clean runs and finishing tenth and 16th respectively.

Western Australians Brodie Crawford (C1) and Ben Pope (K1) are out of this weekend’s racing action after missing qualification in the heats.

Racing continues today, Saturday (7 July) with the men’s C1 and women’s K1 semifinals from 9:03 CET (17:03 AEST) and 10:08 (18:08) respectively. The men’s C1 finals will be held from 12:03 (20:03 AEST) with the women’s K1 finals scheduled from 12:40 (20:40 AEST).

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About the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3

More than 250 athletes from almost 40 countries are taking part in this weekend’s third ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup, held on the site of the 1972 Munich Olympic slalom competition in Augsburg. All current World and European champions are competing at the venue, where the sport made its Olympic debut.

Augsburg, Germany wraps up the first round of Slalom World Cups this season, before World Cup 4 will follow in Tacen, Slovenia at the end of August (31 August – 2 September 2018). The ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Final will take place in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain 7 – 9 September 2018.

The World Cup series will be followed by this year’s World Championships on the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 25 – 30 September 2018.

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