Number one ranked women's C1 paddler Ros Lawrence
Canoe slalom racing returns this Friday when Tacen, Slovenia hosts the fourth ICF World Cup of the 2013 series.
A world class field has been assembled for the three day event with more than 200 athletes from 32 countries set to take part.
The Australian team will field the same line-up that has competed at the first three world cups.
One athlete looking to continue his red-hot form is Penrith Valley kayaker Lucien Delfour.
The 24 year old won K1 silver at the previous world cup in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain and currently sits fourth on the overall ICF points table.
Joining Delfour in the men’s K1 from Australia will be Victorian Jaxon Merritt and Penrith product Joey Croft.
The trio of Australians will face strong competition from local favourite and 2011 world champion Peter Kauzer. Others to keep a close eye on include French number one Etienne Daille and German trio Sebastian Schubert, Fabian Doerfler and Hannes Aigner.
Australia has dominated the women’s C1 event so far with Jessica Fox (first), Rosalyn Lawrence (seventh) and Alison Borrows (ninth) all currently ranked in the top ten ICF points table.
Fox currently sits on two gold and one silver and will be hoping to add to her tally in Ljubljana this weekend where she will resume her rivalry with British pair Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods, Slovakian Katarina Macova and Czech paddler Katerina Hoskova.
The 19 year old will be hoping that her excellent C1 form transpires into a strong performance in the ladies K1 event with the London silver medallist looking to move up from sixth on the World Cup point standings.
Fox will be joined in the ladies K1 by Lawrence who will also double up in both disciplines and Melbourne’s Sarah Grant who finished eighth at the second World Cup in Augsburg, Germany.
Lawrence will be looking to build on her recent strong performances competing at the Czech Nationals last weekend.
Slovenian duo Ursa Kragelj and Eva Tercelj will be the ones to beat with the duo eager to impress in front of their home crowd.
The men’s C1 event looks set to be one of the highlights of World Cup four with at least 15 canoeists in with a shot the winning the event.
Local favourites Anze Bercic and Banjamin Savsek will be hard to beat, Slovakian duo Alexander Slafkovsky and Matej Benus are in excellent form and British paddler David Florence, Frenchman Denis Gargaud Chanut and German duo Jan Benzien and Sideris Tasiadis round out a world class field.
Flying the Australian flag will be Western Australian Robin Jeffery, Penrith’s Ian Borrows and Melbourne canoeist Christian Fabris.
Although unlikely to challenge for overall honours, the trio will be looking to crack a top ten finish for the first time in the 2013 World Cup Series.
Currently Borrows’ 19th place finish at World Cup one in Cardiff, Wales is the best result in C1 men by an Australian to date.
Jeffery will complete the double and contest the C2 men’s event alongside U23 paddler Ethan Hodson.
The pair formed at the start of the year and will continually look to improve under the watchful eye of Coach Nick Smith who worked with the British team at last year’s Games.
The C2 title will be a battle between the top six ranked boats with the local crew of Saso Taljat and Luka Bozic favourites racing on their home course.
All five disciplines will be contested on the opening day with the women’s C1 heats to commence proceedings from 9:00am local time (5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard time).
The C1M, K1M and C1W semifinals and finals will be raced on Saturday, while the K1W and C2M semifinals and finals will be contested on Sunday.
Please refer to schedule below for more information.
Tacen is located in the picturesque environment by the Sava River, lying at the foothills of the Smarna Gora Mountain and Grmada peak. Today, it is an independent commune governed by the City Council of the City of Ljubljana.
Tacen has also had an important role in the Slovene kayaking history, which began on October 20th, 1931, with the establishment of the first kayaking club in Ljubljana – "Kajak kanu klub Ljubljana".
Tacen became an indispensable part of Slovene kayaking in 1939, when the Kayaking Championship of the Yugoslavian Monarchy was organized on the left bank of Sava River. In 1948, a permanent kayaking course was built on the right bank and in 1952, the competitors could already paddle pass the renowned gate, which carried the reputation of the Ljubljana course throughout the world and to this day it still remains a true challenge for all rapids tamers.
Please note: (All times Australian Eastern Standard time, 8hrs ahead of local Tacen time)
5:00pm – C1W Heat first run (Fox/Lawrence/Borrows)
5:36pm – C1M Heat first run (Jeffery/Borrows/Fabris)
6:30pm – K1M Heat first run (Delfour/Merritt/Croft)
7:50pm – C1W Heat second run (Fox/Lawrence/Borrows)
8:26pm – C1M Heat second run (Jeffery/Borrows/Fabris)
9:20pm – K1M Heat second run (Delfour/Merritt/Croft)
11:30pm – K1W Heat first run (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
12:18am – C2M Heat first run (Jeffery/Hodson)
12:51am – K1W Heat second run (Fox/Lawrence/Grant)
1:39am – C2M Heat second run (Jeffery/Hodson)
4:45pm – C1M Semifinals
5:50pm – K1M Semifinals
7:15pm – C1W Semifinals
8:17pm – C1M Finals
8:47pm – K1M Finals
9:17pm – C1W Finals
11:00pm – C1M Teams Final
11:28pm – K1M Teams Final
12:08am – C1W Teams Final
5:30pm – K1W Semifinals
6:35pm – C2M Semifinals
8:02pm – K1W Finals
8:32pm – C2M Finals
10:00pm – K1W Teams Final
10:25pm – C2M Teams Final
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