BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (June 24, 2019) – Three of Canada’s top slalom paddlers posted another set of strong results at the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) second World Cup event from June 19th to 23rd in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event took place just one week after World Cup 1 in Lee Valley, United Kingdom.
Lois Betteridge, Ben Hayward and Michael Tayler were the Canadian athletes competing in Bratislava. They kicked off the competition with impressive results on Friday, by each qualifying for the semi-finals in women’s C1 and men’s K1, respectively inside the top 20. The past two weekends have been an excellent start to the World Cup season for the slalom athletes, as all of the Canadians also qualified for semis at World Cup 1.
“I’m very pleased to see that our athletes are paddling well, and our preparation is on track for the World Championships in September. They have all shown that they have the speed to move through to the semi-finals at World Cups which was one of our objectives this year,” said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at CKC. “They will now have some time to debrief the last two races and tweak their race plans so that they can perform on demand when it really counts in the semi-finals and finals.”
On Sunday, facing tough competition and a challenging course design, Betteridge finished 26th overall in women’s C1, as did Tayler in the men’s K1 followed by teammate Hayward in 37th place.
Full results list.
Hayward and Tayler will be joined by Trevor Boyd and Haley Daniels for World Cup 3 in Slovenia from June 28th to June 30th. Betterigde will join Cameron Smedley in Spain for more training time on the world championship course in La Seu d’Urgell.
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3
Tacen Whitewater Course
Ljubljana, Slovenia – Map
Friday June 28 (4:00am to 11:29am EST)
Saturday June 29 (4:00am to 8:15am EST)
Sunday June 30 (4:00am to 10:47am EST)
This event will be live streamed on the ICF website where you can also find live results.
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