Australia are primed for a big weekend of racing at the second of five ICF canoe slalom World Cups in Tacen, Slovenia from 13 to 15 June.
Last year in Tacen Jessica Fox created history becoming the first women to win the K1W and C1W gold medals at the one World Cup.
Fox will be out to repeat history but it will be a tough task with a host of big name paddlers looking to upstage the Australian.
The 19 year old begun her 2014 World Cup campaign last weekend in London where she continued her love affair with the Lee Valley course finishing third behind Li Lu of China and Austrian Corinna Kuhnle.
Fox was not the only Australian to impress with Victorian Sarah Grant and Penrith paddler Alison Borrows also featuring in finals. They finished eighth in the K1W and C1W events respectively.
The Australian women are expected to lead the charge once again in Tacen.
Fox and Grant will be joined by Rosalyn Lawrence in the K1W event.
Lawrence who celebrated her 25th birthday on Thursday produced her best World Cup K1 performance in Tacen last year finishing ninth and will be looking for a repeat performance this year.
Fox, Lawrence and Borrows will contest the C1W event.
Unlike the Australian women, the men were unable to breakthrough to a final at the opening world cup.
Ian Borrows was the top performer finishing 18th in the C1M event.
Borrows was closely followed by Western Australian Robin Jeffery in 20th. Victorian Christian Fabris finished 38th.
The Australian trio face an important weekend of racing as they have until the third World Cup to qualify the C1 boat for the senior World Championships in September.
They need to meet Olympic qualification criteria and finish in the top 12 nations for C1M.
Jeffery will also contest the C2M event alongside Ethan Hodson. The pair need to finish within the top 10 nations to secure a place at the World Championships.
Tasmanian teenager Daniel Watkins will make his World Cup debut in Tacen.
The 18 year old will replace Lucien Delfour in the K1M team after Delfour decided to remain in London to prepare for an assault at World Cup 3 in a fortnight’s time in Prague.
Leading the K1M assault in the absence of Delfour will be fellow NSWIS kayaker Will Forsythe.
The 27 year old finished 29th at the opening World Cup and will be out to improve on that performance this weekend and push for a top 10 finish.
Melbourne Canoe Club paddler Jaxon Merritt will also feature in the K1M event.
Racing will commence on Friday morning from 9am local time (5pm AEST). The heats for all five disciplines will be contested on the opening day.
The C1M, C1W and K1M semifinals and finals will be contested on Saturday with the C2M and K1W to follow on Sunday.
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