Robin Bell cruised comfortably into Sunday’s semi finals of the World Cup in La Seu d’Urgell with a third place finish in the heats.
Robin Bell cruised comfortably into Sunday’s semi finals of the World Cup in La Seu d’Urgell with a third place finish in the heats. The Western Australian finished behind Tony Estanguet of France and Slovakian Alexander Slafkovsky on both runs. Estanguet had laid down an impressive score of 100.28 on the first run to take a commanding lead of four seconds.
Matt Gabb also performed well in the heats to finish 14th in a field of 41. The 22 year old improved from 18th place on the first run and Head Coach, Mike Druce, was upbeat about Gabb’s progress. “Matt has come a long way on this tour and his progression is demonstrated by his improvement on the second runs. At this rate he will be knocking on the door of the finals sooner rather than later.”
In the women’s kayak event Louise Natoli and Victoria Milne were comfortable qualifiers for Sunday’s semi finals finishing in 12th and 15th places respectively. It was another story for Kate Lawrence who rolled at gate 2 and then struggled throughout her run to finish in 40th place at the break. A determined effort saw the NSWIS/AIS athlete lay down the 16th fastest second run to secure her qualification for the semi final.
In the afternoon session the C2 crew of Mark Bellofiore and Lachlan Milne qualified in 11th position while Anthony Brown and John Wilkie finished in 19th and 32nd respectively in the men’s K1 event to go through to tomorrow’s competition. Robert Parker was the only Australian not to qualify finishing outside the top forty in 46th position.
After a long day of qualification course changes and demonstration runs take place tonight at 7pm local time. Semi finals take place tomorrow (Sunday) starting with the C1 class at 9am . Finals begin at 11:52am.
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