PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 9, 2019) – The Canadian slalom team wrapped up the World Cup season at the Prague Whitewater course competing in the World Cup Final and the Extreme Slalom World Championships.
Ben Hayward finished 6th in the Extreme Slalom K1 event and narrowly missed advancing to the finals after a close photo finish video review eliminated Hayward from the 4-boat final. Haley Daniels finished 14th overall in the women’s K1 Extreme Slalom event. Michael Tayler and Ben Hayward also advanced to the semi-final in the Canoe Slalom K1 event demonstrating speed and composure placing 5th and 9th in 2nd heat. Tayler placed 33rd and Hayward finished 40th respectively K1 semi-final on Sunday.
“I’m pleased with the resilience and mental toughness this weekend. Many of our athletes struggled throughout the week with a bug going through the team. They put down fast race runs and were competitive when the pressure was on” said James Cartwright, Senior Manager of High Performance and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We will be looking to extract the lessons from this race, remember what was good and forget what didn’t work so well. We want to end the season on a high note in Seu.”
The team will now be heading to La Seu d’Urgell, Spain to prepare for the World Championships taking place September 25-29 which will also count as an Olympic Qualification Event. Countries will be vying for Quotas for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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