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Ottawa’s Alexandra McGee sixth at whitewater slalom paddling world championships - September 11th, 2011
September 11, 2011
Ottawa’s Alexandra McGee sixth at whitewater slalom paddling world championships
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Alexandra McGee of Ottawa placed sixth in women’s canoe singles on Sunday for Canada’s best result at the whitewater slalom paddling world championships.
Katerina Hoskova of the Czech Republic won the gold medal earning 138.58 points navigating the 25-gate run without any penalties. Nanqin Cen of China posted a faster time but was assessed four penalty seconds and took the silver at 140.13. Katarina Macova of Slovakia was third.
I was really happy with my finish,’’ said McGee. ‘’However, in training I was going even faster, and I think I could have been on the podium if I had had a good run. It was a hard course for all of us, everyone struggled, but I am happy.
McGee, who qualified the 10th and final spot for the final in the morning semis, climbed to sixth with 179.45. She was assessed four penalty seconds near the bottom of the course on the 18th and 19th gates.
‘’The level of competition in the C1-W class has risen substantially, which is huge for our sport and our push to get on the Olympic schedule,’’ she said.
Sindy Audet of St-Eustache, Que., was 19th in the semifinals and did not advance.
The news wasn’t so good for Canada in the Olympic events as it fell short of earning quota spots. The next opportunity will be at the Pan Am Championships in March 2012.
In semifinals Paul Manning of Calgary and John Hastings of Ottawa were 35th and 40th in K-1 and Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, Ont., was 30th in C-1.
‘’All the preparation leading up to the event was perfect, and I would not change it,’’ said Hastings. ‘’My race strategy was a bit flawed today; I wanted to win a medal at the World Championships, and knowing that it would be tough, I didn't hold back in the semi-final. I picked some very challenging lines, and they ended up being too tight.’’