Hayward, Smedley and McGee head to Slalom World Cup semis

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Broadcast note: ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 will be broadcast on Sportsnet One on Saturday 12:30 and Sunday at 10 a.m. EST. See broadcast schedule for details. Sportsnet is the official Broadcast partner of CanoeKayak Canada.

Ben Hayward (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Ben Hayward (photo: Balint Vekassy)

LA SEU D’URGELL, SPAIN – International competition for slalom athletes resumed today with ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. Three Canadian athletes advanced to the semi-finals.

Ben Hayward of Edmonton ranked 26th after preliminary heats in Men’s K1. He will fight for a spot in the final in tomorrow’s semi. Hayward has been successful in getting through to the final twice this season with seventh and night place results at the two previous World Cups.

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON ranked 27th in Men’s C1 in the heats. He too is eyeing a spot in the final which he’s done before but not yet this year. Smedley‘s top result for 2014

has been 14th place at World Cup 1.

Cameron Smedley (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Cameron Smedley (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Alexandra McGee of Ottawa is competing at her first World Cup of the season and advanced to the Women’s C1 semi-finals with a 12th place finish in heats.

Michael Tayler of Ottawa, ON just missed advancing to semi-finals in Men’s K1 and has ranked 43rd overall. Tayler was within a second of making the semi but touching a gate at the bottom of his second run cost him a two second penalty.

In Women’s K1, Thea Froehlich of Ottawa, ON ranked 36th. Jessica Groeneveld of Innisfail, AB finished in the next spot in 37th and Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC was 49th.

World Cup 4 continues tomorrow and Sunday. Semi-finals and finals for all events Canada is in take place on Saturday.

Alexandra McGee (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Alexandra McGee (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 26th in heat (95.16)Advanced to semis
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 27th in heat (101.94)Advanced to semis
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 12th in heats (136.15)Advanced to semis
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 43rd in heats (98.78)
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 36th in heats (115.46)
Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) Women’s K1 37th in heats (116.28)
Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON) Women’s K1 49th in heats (169.06)

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