Australian Wildwater Paddlers Robert and Alex McIntyre and Kristy Packham completed World Cup races 1 and 2 in Kraljevo Serbia on the weekend.
The team has been struck down with a range of sickness with Alex McIntyre coming down with a bad bout of food poisoning rendering him unable to compete at all in the events over the weekend. Kristy Packham while also being ill did not compete in the women’s K1 classic race but did so in the Rapid Sprint event placing 12th in the field of 13 which was won by France’s Charlene Le Corvaiser in a time of 2 minutes 24 seconds.
Nineteen year old Robert McIntyre in his second year of senior competition managed to remain free of the illnesses of the other team members and finished 20th out of the field of 33 in the men’s K1 rapid sprint event which was won by last year’s World Champion Nejc Znidarcic from Slovenia in a blistering time of 2 minutes 6 seconds, almost 3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. In the classic race McIntyre finished 27th with the overall winner being Kamil Mruzek from the Czech Republic. Next weekend the team competes in World Cup races 3 and 4 on the Vrbas River in Banjaluka in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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