The scene is set for an exciting afternoon of finals action at the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.
The U23 K1M, K1W and C2M World Champions will shortly be determined.
The semifinal course provided some intense action with many athletes struggling to execute a clean run down the technical 23 gate course.
Defending U23 K1M champion Matthieu Biazizzo of France snuck into the final in tenth place.
The Frenchman found the course quite difficult and will need to make some changes if he is to be in contention for a medal this year.
“My run was not so fast but it is not because of the course it was my preparation”, Biazizzo said.
“The main wave, 11, 12, 13 and at the bottom the last few gates is very hard. The course is really hard in this part and when you are tired it is really, really, really hard”, he said.
Polish kayaker Rafal Polaczyk didn’t have such issues producing the quickest semifinal run of 93.66.
Polaczyk will have room for improvement in the final with his semifinal run including a two second penalty for a touch on gate five.
Australian Jaxon Merritt posted the second fastest run. He crossed the line in clean time of 93.74, 0.70 seconds ahead of Slovakian Martin Halcin.
Asked how he plans to approach the final he responded, “The same way I approached the semi, just to be smooth, consistent and clean”, Merritt said.
American Michal Smolen and Czech senior Worlds silver medalist Jiri Prskavec rounded out the top five.
The U23 K1W semifinal followed with Australian Jessica Fox qualifying fastest for the final.
Despite a gate touch on 21, Fox produced the quickest run of 107.54, 0.16 seconds ahead of Li Lu of China.
Eva Tercelj of Slovenia was third fastest in 109.06, with Frenchwomen Nouria Newman and British kayaker Mallory Franklin in the top five.
Local Penrith product Alison Borrows will also contest her first U23 K1W final after sneaking in by 0.01 seconds. Dutchwoman Claudia Leenders the unlucky paddler in 11th.
Czech pair Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler carried their strong U23 C2M heat form through to today’s semifinal and look the hot favourite to claim the world title.
The Czech recorded a time 112.58, 4.48 seconds ahead of British pair Rhys Davies and Matthew Lister.
The first of the three finals will be the K1M final, which is scheduled to commence at 1pm EST.
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