Tough day for Canadian K1 men in London

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN – Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB finished fiftieth today in the Men’s kayak heats on the third day of competition at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in London. A top-forty result was needed to advance to the semi-finals. Both Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) and John Hastings (Aurora, ON) also competed in the Men’s K1 heats and incurred fifty second penalties in their second runs. Tayler finished up 100th while Hastings was a spot behind in 101st. The Canadian athletes battled hard in an extremely tight race that saw a few surprises as a handful of the world’s top kayakers struggled with the course.

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) and Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON) will race the Women’s K1 Team event tomorrow. Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) will race the Men’s C1 semi-final on Sunday and the three athletes who raced today will also compete in the Men’s K1 Team Event. Competition in London finishes on Sunday.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 50th in heats
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 100th in heats
John Hastings (Aurora, ON) Men’s K1 101st in heats


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