McIntyre career best 7th place at World Cup

Rob McIntyre
Sam Lyons, Sunday, 29 June 2014

Robert McIntyre finished an impressive 7th place in the Men's K1 at World Cup 4 in Vienna, Austria

After first runs in the men's K1 Robert McIntyre was well placed in the field of 38 competitors with a 9th place with the top 15 to progress after second runs to the afternoon final.

In the woman's K1 Madeleine Batters struggled with her first run in the testy conditions and was last in the field of 16 starters.  In the second runs however she found good form and lines down the left hand side of the course to post an improved time of 51.51 seconds which was a big improvement of 3.5 seconds on the first run time and just outside the 12th place qualifying time.  Her final placing was 14th.

In the men's second run many of the top competitors did not contest and some of the others including our Robert McIntyre used it as a training run.

The final saw McIntyre put down a solid run time of 43.87 seconds notwithstanding he was forced in the top part of the course to go down the right hand side which was not his preferred option.  It was almost the same time as his first run and at the end of the competition he had an excellent 7th placing being his best ever World Cup performance to date in his career.  The winner was Nejc Znidarcic from Slovenia who bettered his first run blistering time by 0.7 of second to win in a time of 40.56 seconds some 1.83 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Paul Graton from France who finished with a time of 42.39 seconds. Vid Debeljak from Slovenia took the bronze in a time of 42.83 seconds.

Overall in the World Cup rankings Mcintyre finished 9th and Batters finished 13th.