Ben Hayward advances to semis at Slalom World Championships

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DEEP CREEK, MARYLAND, USA – Ben Hayward of Edmonton has advanced to the semi-finals in Men’s K1 after successful preliminary runs on the opening day of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, Maryland, USA.

Hayward, who has had a breakthrough season by cracking two World Cup finals already this season, laid down a solid second run time of 100.71 to rank 16th overall. He also had one gate touch during the run which cost him a two second penalty. Semi-finals for Men’s K1 take place tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. EST and the top ten will move on to the final on Saturday.

Ford, who is a five-time Olympian and won World Championships in 1999 ran two clean runs to rank 43rd overall today. He was one second away from making it in for the top-forty semi-finals Ottawa’s Michael Tayler also competed in Men’s K1 where he finished in 49th position.

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON wound up in 36th position in preliminary heats. He was shooting for a spot in the top-thirty semi-final but a few gate penalities on his second run held him back.

In Women’s C1, the two Canadias finished 21st and 22nd – just shy of making the top twenty semi-final. Haley Daniels of Calgary took the 21st position while Ottawa’s Alexandra McGee was 22nd.

Tomorrow three Canadian athletes will compete in the preliminary runs of Women’s K1. Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) and Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON) will represent Canada. The competition continues until Sunday where Canada will finish up with several team relays.

Summary of Results  

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 17th in heat (100.71)Advanced to semi
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 21st in heat (152.54)
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 22nd in heat (156.18)
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 36th in heat (113.37)
David Ford (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 43rd in heat (106.69)
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 49th in heat(109.29)

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