LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN – Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON had an impressive run today in the opening heat of the Men’s C1 at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in London. He finished seventeenth on his first run to advance straight to the top-30 semi-final taking place on Sunday.
A top-ten result in the semi-final will put Smedley through to the final taking place later in the day on Sunday. Olympic qualification is also on the line and the top-ten ranking nations in Men’s C1 will receive a quota spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Based on today’s ranking, Smedley’s result in the heat has Canada sitting as the twelfth overall nation in the event. Sunday will be a fresh slate as the top-thirty contenders in Men’s C1 take their semi-final runs.
Yannick Laviolette of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC also raced the Men’s C1 heats and finished sixtieth overall in his first World Championships. In Women’s C1, Haley Daniels of Calgary, AB finished thirtieth overall in heats. A top-twenty result was needed to advance in Women’s C1.
Three Canadians will compete in the Men’s K1 heats tomorrow – Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB), John Hastings (Aurora, ON) and Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON). World Championships run through to Sunday.
Summary of Results
|Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)||Men’s C1||17th in heats
Advanced to semi-final
|Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)||Men’s C1||60th in heats|
|Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)||Women’s C1||30th in heats|
Men’s K1 Heats Live Streaming Video – starts Friday at 5:30 a.m. EST
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