Day 1 of the World Wildwater championships saw the individual classic races on the modified course.
It was a tough day out for our 2 athletes Robert McIntyre and Maddie Batters who were hoping for the original course of solid class 3 to 4 whitewater but instead had to content with the first 6 minutes of whitewater and then the next 8 to 9 minutes of fast flow with little or no rapids.
McIntyre finished 30th in the field of 53 starters and Batters finished 20th in the field of 22 starters.
The flatter conditions were well suited to the Germans who took the men's and woman's K1 titles with Tobias Bong and Alke Overbeck respectively. In the men's K1 Remi Pete from France was second behind Bong with Kamil Mruzek from the Czech Republic taking the bronze. In the woman's K1 Michala Mruzkova from Czech Republic was second behind Overbeck and Manon Hostens from France took the bronze.
In men's C1 Emil Milihram from Croatia took the gold with Ondrej Rolenc from the Czech Republic taking the silver and Norman Weber from Germany taking the bronze.
In men's C2 the Czech team of Vesely and Rygel took the gold, the French team of Debray and Lapointe the silver and the German team of Nies and Pesh the bronze.
The next day sees the classic teams event to be contested. Our Australian competitors are now looking forward to the individual sprints which is their preferred discipline which commence on on Friday with the qualifying rounds.