Wet conditions in Augsburg made for some tricky manoeuvres on day one of the ICF Slalom World Cup forcing competitors to work hard to keep their runs together.
But the same form which made the first two weeks of the series a lucrative one for the GB team was very much evident again today.
In the teaming rain on the Munich Olympic slalom course, Adam Burgess did the best of the Brits in the opening race, the C1M heats, a clean run helping him gain sixth place and qualify direct for the semi final.
Also qualifying comfortably in fourteenth was European Champion Ryan Westley. World Cup bronze medallist a fortnight ago, Westley picked up two seconds in penalties but was still fast enough to progress direct to the semis.
Four seconds in penalties cost last week’s Krakow World Cup winner David Florence a direct spot in the semi finals from heat one this week. Such is the fickle nature of the sport that one weekend you can be on the top of the podium then the next finishing outside the top 20.
But if there were any doubts then they certainly weren’t in the mind of the ever-composed Florence who bounced back to win heat two in a faultless and speedy 103.21 seconds, a time which would have made him the fifth fastest in heat one.
Another British Olympian rebounding well was Fiona Pennie who, having finished her first heat well of the women's K1 well down in thirty second, recovered to finish race two in seventh place.
She said afterwards it had been “pretty tough this morning fighting the water all the way” but seventh was certainly good enough to put her in the semi final with team mates Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods, who qualified direct from the first race in fifth and twelfth respectively.
Amber Maslen, competing in the senior team for the first time this season and two places higher than Pennie in heat 1, missed out on a place in the semi finals after placing nineteenth in heat two.
In the women’s C1 heats the roles reversed and it was Woods who took fifth whilst World Champion Franklin took tenth, both qualifying direct to Sunday’s final.
Phoebe Spicer and Ellis Miller, the two youngsters in the team from Lee Valley Paddle Sports, ended heat one thirty-second and thirty ninth. They fared better in the second heat but fourteenth for Miller and eighteenth for Spicer were not quite high enough to see either progress to the next stage.
Wrapping up the first day all three Brits qualified for the men’s K1 semi finals in heat one without incurring a single penalty point between them. Bradley Forbes-Cryans was fourth, Olympic Champion and last weekend’s Krakow winner Joe Clarke twenty-fourth and Chris Bowers thirtieth.
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Day 1 results
Adam Burgess (Stafford & Stone) – Heat 1 6th, direct to Semi Final on Saturday
Ryan Westley (Lower Wharfe) – Heat 1 14th, direct to Semi Final on Saturday
David Florence (Forth) – Heat 1 21st, Heat 2 1st to Semi Final on Saturday
Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District) – Heat 1 5th, direct to Semi Final on Saturday
Kimberley Woods (Rugby) – Heat 1 12th, direct to Semi Final on Saturday
Fiona Pennie (CR Cats) – Heat 1 32nd, heat 2 7th, to Semi Final on Saturday
Amber Maslen (Pinkston Panthers) – Heat 1 30th, heat 2 19th
Kimberley Woods (Rugby) – Heat 5th direct to Semi Finals Sunday
Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District) – Heat 1 10th direct to Semi Finals Sunday
Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) Heat 1 39th, Heat 2 14th
Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley) Heat 1 32nd, Heat 2 18th
Bradley Forbes-Cryans (C.R Cats) – Heat 1 4th direct to Semi Finals Sunday
Joe Clarke (Stafford & Stone) – Heat 1 24th direct to Semi Finals Sunday
Christopher Bowers (Stafford & Stone) – Heat 1 30th direct to Semi Finals Sunday