Check out all of the action and reaction from day two at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, USA
Early exits from defending champions highlighted the difficulty of the course and intensity of competition at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championship in Deep Creek, USA. First Richard Hounslow and David Florence (GBR) were eliminated at the preliminary stage in the C2 Men, then Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE), the K1 Men defending champion, exited after a tight semifinal. Hradilek's season has been plagued with injury and was perhaps not expecting to make the cut, but the Brits had no such excuses.
Clearly disappointed in their performance, but ever pragmatic, Florence said, "We were not good enough. It's a difficult course but others managed so that was not the problem." "I will now concentrate on the C1 and Richard is going well in the K1." Hounslow was indeed going well in the K1, but despite his clean semifinal run was unable to match the required speed to slip into the top 10, eventually finishing 15th. Florence goes in the C1 Men semifinal tomorrow.
Favourites provided composed performances to secure safe progression from qualification heats as the first day of action at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships finished in Deep Creek, USA.
Czech paddlers, Jiri Prskavec and Vit Prindis showed their class early recording the fastest times of the morning’s session in the K1 Men on their first runs; both stopped the clock comfortably under the 100-second mark without penalties. The double-European Champion, Prskavec, was the quickest crossing the line with a 96.72 score. Twelve months earlier the 21-year-old gained a World Championship silver on his home course in Prague, he now looks a more complete paddler, and this morning showed glimpses of why many place him as a real podium contender.
Although there is not normally a planned peak in David Florence’s season the signs are that the reigning World Champion is heading towards a good end to 2014 when Deep Creek, USA hosts the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships this week (17-21 September).
The Edinburgh 32 year old, who a year ago won the Worlds C1 title before going on to take the double with Richard Hounslow in the C2, aims to perform his best in every race through the season. It showed with 2014 being Florence’s most consistent and successful World Cup circuit yet. He began the series by winning C1 gold in London, continued with a C1 silver in Prague and ended in the Augsburg Final with the C1 silver and a bronze in C2 with Hounslow.
More than 200 athletes from 42 nations will contest the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, USA this week from 17 to 21 September.
It will be the first time in 25 years since the USA has hosted the pinnacle canoe slalom event on the ICF calendar.
Australian Squad: Jessica Fox (NSW), Sarah Grant (VIC), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Alison Borrows (NSW), Lucien Delfour (NSW), William Forsythe (NSW), Jaxon Merritt (VIC), Ian Borrows (NSW), Christian Fabris (VIC), Robin Jeffery (WA) and Ethan Hodson (NSW).
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Deep Creek –The two-member South African slalom team of Don Wewege and Cameron Wells are in the final stages of preparations as they ready themselves to take on the best in the world at the 2014 ICF Slalom World Championships being held in Maryland, United States from 17-21 September.
A world-class entry that boast a full complement of 2013 World Champions will hit the water this Thursday when Deep Creek, USA hosts the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships from the 17-21 September.
It is only the second time America has hosted the Canoe Slalom World Championships; but nestled in the the picturesque mountain-top setting at the Adventure Sport Centre International, Deep Creek is a championship course ready to test to the world's most accomplished slalom paddlers to the limit.
Florence vs. Slovakia
From last year's five defending champions, David Florence (GBR) has, perhaps, the most ambitious project as he bids for an unprecedented double-double following victory with Richard Hounslow in the C2 Men and his individual triumph in the C1 Men on the tricky Czech Republic course in 2013.
Florence's main competition in both disciplines is likely to come from one nation, Slovakia.
Ricarda Funk won a gold medal in front of her home fans during the last day of Canoe Slalom World Cup final in Augsburg, Germany. French duo Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche won the tight C2 final.
The iconic canoe slalom course in Augsburg witnessed some excellent paddling in Saturday’s finals of the World Cup. Sebastian Schubert (GER) took gold in K1M, Denis Gargaud Chanut (FRA) in C1M and Mallory Franklin (GBR) in C1W event.
In men’s kayak final it was once again Germany celebrating a win. Germans have been unbeaten on a home course in the last two editions of World Cup races and they have been especially successful in 2010 with a triple win. In the past 18 editions of World Cup races in Augsburg German representatives won 11 times. The tradition continued with Sebastian Schubert who was in a spotlight in today’s final. He finished the race 3,14 seconds ahead of Joseph Clarke (GBR) and 4,36 seconds ahead of Mathieu Biazizzo (FRA). Both Schubert and Biazizzo have been on the podium in Augsburg also last year, Schubert in a silver medal position and Biazizzo in a bronze medal position.
The first competition day of the World Cup final in Augsburg has finished without big upsets. Sideris Tasiadis (GER), Mathieu Biazizzo (FRA), Rosalyn Lawrence (AUS), Ricarda Funk (GER) and Škantar cousins (SVK) won in their respective categories.
Everything is set for the last ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of the season in Augsburg where almost 300 competitors from more than 40 countries will start this weekend (15-17 August).
The race will take place in Augsburg – traditional venue of the canoeing competitions on the highest level. The artificial course was constructed for the 1972 Olympic Games and has hosted competitions ever since. So far it has hosted World Cup races, World and European Championships as well as other wildwater events. Majority of the best slalom paddlers is already in Germany preparing for the final World Cup race.
The Skantar cousins continued on their medal haul securing a third gold of the season in the C2 Men's class; whilst Mailen Chourraut stepped up to win Spain's second K1 gold in the penultimate event at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain
To the delight of the partisan local crowd, Spain’s Mailen Chourraut delivered a superb final run that ensured victory in the K1 Women's class managing to stop the clock quicker than her adversaries, including Olympic and World Champions.