The canoe slalom season comes to end this weekend when racing gets underway in Bratislava, Slovakia today.
It has been a captivating series so far with the Australian team producing one of their best medal counts in a number of years, thanks largely to the heroics of 19 year old London K1 silver medallist Jessica Fox.
The Penrith Valley star created her own piece of kayaking history last weekend, becoming the first female to take out the K1 and C1 disciplines at the same World Cup.
Fox will once again contest both disciplines alongside fellow NSWIS paddler Rosalyn Lawrence who finished ninth behind Fox in the dramatic K1W final in Tacen, Slovenia last weekend.
Joining them to fly the flag for Australia will be Melbourne’s Sarah Grant.
The Australian trio will face strong competition from local Slovakian star Jana Dukatova, Slovenian Eva Tercelj and German Jasmin Schornberg who are all within striking distance of Fox who is sitting at the top of the ICF World Cup rankings.
Fox has a near un-assailable lead at the top of the women’s C1 rankings with only Czech paddler Katerina Hoskova any chance of catching the Australian.
Alison Borrows will join Fox and Lawrence in the C1W event and will be out to improve on her current eighth place ranking.
Lucien Delfour has been the standout performance amongst the Australian men after he produced a career best second place finish in the K1M final at World Cup 3.
The 24 year old currently sits fifth in the ICF World Cup rankings on 163 points, 30 points behind German leader Fabian Doerfler. Germany have dominated the K1M event this year with Sebastian Schubert and Hannes Aigner making it a trio of Germans at the top of the leader board.
Armidale’s William Forsythe returns to the senior Australian setup in Bratislava, replacing Joey Croft in the K1 event after he won a race-off against the talented U23 paddler for the right to compete at the final World Cup and at the World Championships in September.
Joining Delfour and Forsythe will be Melbourne’s Jaxon Merritt who has come of age in 2013. He produced his best result at the first World Cup in Cardiff when he finished 15th in the semi-final.
Ascot canoeist Robin Jeffery will lead the charge in the C1M event after he produced his best World Cup performance last weekend finishing 16th in the semi-final.
Penrith’s Ian Borrows and Melbourne’s Christian Fabris will also contest the C1M competition.
Fans are excited by the news that local canoeing legend Michal Martikán will contest his first World Cup this year. The Slovakians will be tough to beat on their home course with Alexander Slafkovsky and Matej Benus joining Martikán are likely finalists.
Racing will commence on Friday from 4:45pm Australian Eastern Standard time with the heats of all five disciplines to feature on the opening day.
Please refer to schedule below and links for more information.
All times list Australian Eastern Standard time, 8hrs ahead of local Bratislava, Slovakia.
4:45pm – C1M Heat run 1 (Jeffery/Borrows/Fabris)
5:41pm – C1W Heat run 1 (Fox/Lawrence/Borrows)
6:22pm – K1M Heat run 1 (Delfour/Merritt/Forsythe)
8:00pm – C1M Heat run 2 (Jeffery/Borrows/Fabris)
8:56pm – C1W Heat run 2 (Fox/Lawrence/Borrows)
9:37pm – K1M Heat run 2 (Delfour/Merritt/Forsythe)
11:45pm – K1W Heat run 1 (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
12:38am – C2M Heat run 1
1:19am – K1W Heat run 2 (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
2:12am – C2M Heat run 2
4:45pm – C1M Semifinal
5:50pm – C1W Semifinal
6:35pm – K1M Semifinal
8:17pm – C1M Final
8:47pm – C1W Final
9:17pm – K1M Final
5:50pm – K1W Semifinal
6:35pm – C2M Semifinal
8:02pm – K1W Final
8:32pm – C2M Final
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