Is has been a strong morning of racing for Australia at the fourth ICF World Cup in Tacen, Slovenia with three Australians progressing to finals.
Fresh of the back of winning silver at the previous World Cup in Spain, 24 year old Lucien Delfour has recorded the fastest semifinal time to secure a top ten finals berth.
The Penrith Valley kayaker was amongst the first of the K1 men to hit the course after finishing 36th in yesterday’s heats completing his run cleanly in a time of 102.89.
German star Sebastian Schubert finished second 0.45 seconds behind Delfour, with local Slovenian paddler Simon Brus finishing third half a second further back.
The final is set to be a star-studded affair with former world champions Fabian Doerfler of Germany and local favourite Peter Kauzer set to throw the gauntlet down to Delfour.
The women’s C1 semifinal followed with 19 year old Jessica Fox and few NSWIS canoeist Rosalyn Lawrence comfortably progressing the final.
Fox was simply a class above her opposition in the semifinal winning in 135.29, more than seven seconds ahead of World Cup one winner Kimberley Woods. Fellow British paddler Mallory Franklin finished third.
Lawrence qualified sixth fastest in a time of 160.48.
Penrith’s Alison Borrows was unlucky, missing the top ten final cut in 11th.
Earlier in the day Ascot Olympian Robin Jeffery has produced his best result of the season finishing 16th in the men’s C1 semifinal.
Jeffery recorded a clean run of 115.18 to finish 9.42 seconds behind semifinal winner Benjamin Savsek who used his home course knowledge to perfection.
The popular Slovenian dominated the semifinal finishing more than three seconds ahead Croatian Matija Marinic with Poland’s Grzegorz Hedwig finishing third 0.79 seconds further adrift.
Although Jeffery missed the top ten final cut-off, the 25 year old will be relieved to have cracked the top 20 for the first time this year at international level after dominating the National circuit in Penrith and Tasmania earlier in the year.
Delfour will feature in the first of tonight’s finals for the Australians commencing at 8:47pm AUS EST.
Please refer to links below for LIVE Results and LIVE stream.
8:17pm – C1M Finals
8:47pm – K1M Finals (Lucien Delfour)
9:17pm – C1W Finals (Jess Fox/Rosalyn Lawrence)
11:00pm – C1M Teams Final
11:28pm – K1M Teams Final
12:08am – C1W Teams Final
(All times AUS EST, 8hrs ahead of SLO).
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