Australia’s Canoe Slalom team kicked off the World Cup season last weekend with dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox taking bronze in both the C1 and K1 events in London.
This weekend, the International Canoe Federation world cup caravan heads to Bratislava-Čunovoin Slovakia, with more than 200 athletes from almost 40 countries taking part in the second ICF canoe slalom world cup (21-23 June 2019).
Jessica Fox, the reigning C1 and K1 World Champion, finished the opening world cup of the Olympic qualifying season with a double podium and is looking forward to the second round after a challenging weekend in London.
“You earn your victories with the good paddling and last weekend wasn’t my best paddling. I had an amazing season last year and it’s hard to back that up but I’m feeling good and paddling well and even though I didn’t show it to my potential in London, I’m still pleased to come away with two medals and I look forward to Bratislava and have another go,” the current world number one said.
Tasmanian Daniel Watkins is also looking forward to Bratislava after promising performances in the men’s K1 in London and making his second ever world cup final on the senior level where he finished tenth. In Bratislava, Watkins will once again double up in both the men’s K1 and C1.
Rio Olympians Lucien DelfourandIan Borrowsboth missed the final in London in the men’s K1 and C1 respectively, but are aiming to make the final top ten this weekend.
“I was pretty happy with where I ended up and to finish 20th in London was not a bad start to the season, but for Bratislava I’m looking to hopefully being in the top ten,” Borrows said.
2019 is Olympic qualifying season with Olympic quota spots to be decided at the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Spain at the end of August. While there will be only one spot available in each class in the end, a key focus at the moment is to ensure overall team performances will secure as many quota spots for Australia as possible come August (top 18 men’s and women’s K1 and top 11 men’s and women’s C1).
“It’s all fun and games. We are all here to secure a spot for Australia so at the moment it’s actually that we are all helping each other out and it doesn’t necessarily matter who gets the spot, it’s just a matter of Australia getting the spot. So, if we can all paddle better at the Worlds by helping each other out now and then focus on selection after that it should all be fine,” Ian Borrows said about the pressures of Olympic qualifying and selection.
The Australian Canoe Slalom Team in Bratislava is completed by Noemie Fox and Rosalyn Lawrence in the women’s in the K1 and C1 events, while Tim Anderson and Steven Lowther will also contest the men’s K1 and C1 events respectively.
Racing starts in Bratislava on Friday (21 June 2019) with the men’s C1 and women’s K1 heats in the morning and the women’s C1 and men’s K1 heats in the afternoon.
Saturday will see the men’s C1 and women’s K1 semi-finals and finals, while the women’s C1 and K1 semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Sunday (23 June 2019).
See the race schedule HERE.
Racing can be followed live on canoeicf.com
Live results can be followed HERE
Bratislava is the second of four World Cups, followed by a World Cup final. The circuit continues in Ljubljana, Slovenia next weekend.
All of the finals from the World Cup series and World Championships will also be available on the Olympic Channel
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 – Team
C1M: Daniel Watkins (TAS), Ian Borrows (NSW), Steven Lowther (WA)
K1M: Lucien Delfour (NSW), Daniel Watkins (TAS), Tim Anderson(NSW)
K1W: Jessica Fox (NSW), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Noemie Fox(NSW)
C1W: Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox, Rosalyn Lawrence
AUS Race Schedule, Heats, Friday, 21 June 2019
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2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Season
– World Cup 1: Lee Valley, UK, June 14-16 June.
– World Cup 2: Bratislava, Slovakia, June 21-23.
– World Cup 3: Tacen, Slovenia, June 28-20.
– World Cup 4: Markkleeberg, Germany, 30 August-1 September.
– World Cup final: Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 September.
– ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, La Seu, Spain, 25-29 September 2019
– Tokyo 2020 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2019
See the 2019 Paddle Australian Canoe Slalom World Cup Team here: https://paddle.org.au/canoe-slalom-athlete-profiles/