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Course Proves a Tough Challenge for Slalom Paddlers in Bratislava

Sophie Ogilvie K1 Wc2

Sophie Ogilvie posts a clean semi final run

Great Britain’s had three paddlers in the semi finals today, but the tough course proved a challenge too great for our development team paddlers, with none of them quite managing to progress to the finals in this world-class field

In the men’s canoe single (C1) Tom Abbott (Mold) was the first GB boat in action and after a strong heat run he went off fourth last, but only six paddlers ahead of him had gone down clean. Tome also struggled to get to grips with the difficult gate positions, picking up three touches and missing gate 17 towards the bottom of the course to end his chances of going through to the final. He posted 164.45 to finish in 29th place.

In contrast, Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats) managed to avoid any penalties, but her composed and steady run was just not fast enough on the bottom section of the course to put herself in contention for a top ten place for the final. She posted 124.49 seconds to finish in 20th place, however she will be back in action again tomorrow in the women’s C1 semi final and hoping to make it three international finals in a row.

A bit despondent after the race Sophie Ogilvie said: “It was such a tough course. It was a bit of a shock watching them come down in demos yesterday, one after the other messing up the moves. The gates were sitting quite awkwardly given the way the water was flowing at the top, so you were reliant on making sure your boat was in the exact place for the wave to set you up right. There were some different moves than normal too.

“The top two thirds of my run was bang on to the plan we had set, but I just got carried away at the bottom drop and it took me a while to get the boat back round for the upstream and lost a big chunk of time.”

And looking ahead to the C1 tomorrow she added: “The one bonus of doing two classes is that I now have a clear understanding of what the water is doing and it will  help me with my plan for C1.”

Teammate Megan Hamer-Evans (Seren Dwr) also gets caught out on this tricky course missing gate 5 and picking up two touches to post 163.69 seconds and finish in 25th place.



Men’s C1 Semi Final

Tom Abbott (Mold) – 29th

Women’s K1 Heats

Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats) – 20th

Megan Hamer-Evans (Seren Dwr) – 25th

The action continues tomorrow (Sunday 23 June) with semi finals and finals in the women’s C1 and men’s K1.

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