Four British boats made the finals of the 2019 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Krakow, Poland, with two U23 K1 women’s boats and two junior C1 men’s boats vying for those medals.
Stafford and Stone’s Alfie Boote was the highest finishing boat from Britain as he finished sixth in the junior C1 men’s final. In both the semi-finals and the final, Alfie showed he had the pace to match the top end of the leaderboard on his first international World Championships. Six seconds worth of penalties in the final succumbed him to the sixth place finish with a time of 103.21.
Taking plenty of positives from the week, Alfie said:
James Kettle (Lee Valley) too showed fantastic pace throughout the week in the same event, taking second in both the heats and the semi-finals. However, in the final he clipped three gates which pushed him down to eighth on his first ever final.
Much like Alfie, James has plenty of positives he can take it to next season:
Making her first international kayak final, CR Cats’ Sophie Ogilvie finished in 7th in the U23 K1 women’s event, in what was a pleasing performance for the Scot. Going down second after coming ninth in the semi-finals, she took a touch on gate 9. She did make up some good time on the backend of the course, but went on to post 101.14, her quickest K1 run of the week.
Attentions will now turn to C1 for the senior team member and will go into the event full of confidence having made the final at the senior European Championships and World Cup 1 in Lee Valley.
Megan Hamer-Evans backed up her sixth place finish at the U23 European Championships in Liptovsky by coming eighth here in Poznan. She squeezed through the semi-finals in tenth place to qualify for the final, before setting the pace with a clean run of 103.15.
World Cup is up next for the Welsh athlete who has enjoyed a large number of international competitions so far this season.
Speaking on her performances today:
It was a valiant effort from Holme Pierrepont’s Nikita Setchell on her first U23 World Championship semi-final. The 18-year-old did pick up two touches on the way down the physical Krakow course and just missed out on a top ten finish as she came in 14th with a time of 105.35.
Junior C1 men’s Kurts Adams-Rozentals’ first junior World Championship semi-final ended in disappointment as he finished 19th. The Stafford and Stone paddler picked up an early touch on gate 1 and finished with a time of 104.25, three seconds off the required top ten finish.
Lois Leaver was so close to making the junior K1 women’s final. A touch on upstream gate 8 just took her out the required top ten finish needed to make the next stage. She ended the run with a 106.29, only half a second behind the Czech paddler in tenth.
After winning K1W junior bronze in Liptovsky two weeks ago, Bethan Forrow missed out on a place in the final after coming 13th. Two gate touches accumulating in four seconds of penalty on 12 and 18 took her outside the top ten as her pace was good enough to secure a second place finish.
Fellow Lee Valley paddler Ellis Miller too missed out, finishing in 15th place with a time of 107.71 including one touch. Both Ellis and Beth will now focus on their junior C1 women semi-final tomorrow.
In the U23 men’s C1 semi-finals, Sam Ibbotson (Holme Pierrepont) and Peter Linksted (Stirling & Falkirk) both missed out on the finals after finishing 25th and 27th respectively.
The pair went down early doors in the second round. Peter nicked gate 18 after what was a solid performance to finish with a time of 98.56 and an improved result from his outing at the European Championships in Liptovsky.
Sam Ibbotson quickly followed his British teammate down the course and was quick on the first split, but he clipped upstream gate 11 and finished with a time of 97.79.
Eleven athletes are in action once again tomorrow with the next round of semi-finals.
U23 Men’s C1 Semi-finals
Sam Ibbotson (Holme Pierrepont) – 25th in semi-final
Peter Linksted (Stirling & Falkirk) – 27th in semi-final
U23 Women’s K1 Semi-finals
Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats) – 7th in final
Megan Hamer-Evans (Seren Dwr) – 8th in final
Nikita Setchell (Holme Pierrepont) – 14th in semi-final.
Junior Men's C1 Semi-finals
Alfie Boote (Stafford and Stone) - 6th in final
James Kettle (Lee Valley) - 8th in final
Kurts Adams-Rozental - 19th in semi-final
Junior Women's K1 Semi-finals
Lois Leaver (Edinburgh Schools) - 11th in semi-final
Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) - 13th in semi-final
Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) - 15th in semi-final