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Brits make A finals at Minsk 2019

It was a positive start for the canoe sprint team at the second European Games in Minsk, Belarus, as both Tom Lusty and the crew boat of Katie Reid and Chloe Bracewell made A Finals on day one of the regatta.

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Tom Lusty will race in Wednesday morning's men's K1 1000m A Final after coming through Tuesday's semi-final in third place. 

It was a pleasing delivery from Lusty as he put down a time of 3:37.531, just hours after coming through the heats comfortably. 

He remained close to the leading pack throughout and will be full of confidence heading into tomorrow's A final at 8:10am.

Speaking after the race he said:

Elsewhere, Katie Reid and Chloe Bracewell will also compete in the A Final with an excellent 2nd place in their C2W 500m semi-finals. 

An issue with their start bucket meant they had to switch lanes, but that didn't faze the duo as they delivered a time of 2:01.039, nearly a second quicker than their heats time, and comfortably into the A final on Thursday morning.

The duo were delighted with how they performed:

The fourth and final athlete out in Minsk is C1W 200m athlete Afton Fitzhenry, who will be in action for the first time tomorrow lunchtime at 12:40pm. 

You can see all the results and upcoming races here

Minsk 2019 represents the last senior multi-sport event prior to next summer’s Olympic Games and will provide invaluable experience for the British athletes hoping to travel to Tokyo. Team GB will compete at Minsk 2019 in archery, badminton, boxing, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, judo, karate, shooting, table tennis and wrestling.