All 12 junior boats made it through to the semi-finals on day three of 2019 ICF Junior and U23 canoe slalom World Championships in Krakow, Poland, backing up the success of the team events earlier in the competition.
The morning session started off in fantastic fashion, will all six boats qualify through to the semi-finals directly from the first heats run, backing up the superb performances laid down by the U23’s yesterday.
And it was similar in the afternoon, with all the athletes getting their boats through to the next stage of the competition.
James Kettle (Lee Valley) led the way in the junior men’s C1 event, with all three boats making it safely through to Friday’s semi-finals, continuing the fine form the trio showed in the team events on Tuesday after winning the bronze medal.
The Lee Valley athlete put down an impressive 102.53 including a two-second penalty for touching gate 14, and put him in second place. He was only bettered by the French junior Yohann Senechault who put down an unbeatable run.
Both taking on their first junior World Championships, Kurts Adams-Rozentals (Stafford and Stone) and Alfie Boote (Stafford and Stone) soon followed James into the semi-finals after putting equally solid deliveries down the technical Krakow course.
Kurts occupied eighth place after executing a clean run to finish in a time of 105.07, comfortably within the top 20 needed to progress to the next round. Meanwhile, six seconds worth of penalties for touching gates 7, 12 and 15 pushed Alfie down into 15th place, but his pace was there and the pair will be confident going into the next round.
Reflecting on their first junior season so far, Kurts said:
The women’s K1 junior trio of Lois Leaver (Edinburgh Schools), Beth Forrow (Lee Valley) and Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) too backed up their team bronze medal performance on Tuesday to qualify through to the semi-finals.
Lois was the top finishing British boat of the heats as she came in at a time of 111.64 including two gate touches on the tricky section around 15 and 16. After finishing 11th at 2018 World Championships in Italy, she will be looking to put down a marker during Friday’s semi-finals.
Speaking on her performance, she said:
Doubling up in the K1 and C1 for this competition, Lee Valley pair Beth Forrow and Ellis Miller started their day off brightly. Beth found the top of the course a little tricky, touching three gates between 1 and 8, but showed fantastic composure and calmness to deliver an excellent backend and come in 15th place. The pace the 2019 junior European bronze medallist displayed was that of a top three boat and will take confidence into the next round.
Ellis finished just one place behind her and only 0.03 second separated the duo. The 2018 British Open C1W champion put down a consistent run and only picked up one gate penalty to finish in 16th place.
The gold medal winning K1 men’s team all finished within the top 10 of a stacked line-up of 77 athletes. Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr) used all his international experience from this season to qualify through in third place, after a clean run of 93.90. The Welsh athlete has competed in senior World Cups this year and also taken part in the Extreme Slalom discipline.
Please with his day, Etienne said:
Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont) also went clean in his run to post a solid 96.15 to take up 6th place, whilst Jonny Dickson (Independent) did pick up a touch on upstream gate 5, but didn’t let that phase him as he kept his cool and delivered a good time of 98.22 to finish 9th and easily within the top 30 position required.
Going into the event with a number 1 ranking, Beth Forrow put down a comfortable performance in the junior C1W event. Despite it being her second race of the day on the physically demanding course, Beth once again showed an impressive display in her favoured C1. Touching gate 1 again like her K1 run, the Lee Valley paddler showed her 2018 senior team experience to keep her composure and finish with a time of 112.24 in third place.
Once again, she will be joined in the next round by Ellis Miller who too had her second race of the day after qualifying in the K1. Ellis took a touch on the way down but was easily within the top 20 required as she finished in ninth with a time of 119.02.
Ailsa Gourlay (Strathallan) needed a second run to qualify for her first every international semi-final, but put down a time good enough to get into the next stage of the competition and complete the full house of juniors through to the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday.
She did pick up 12 seconds worth of penalties, but her pace was good as she qualified through in eighth place with a time of 135.93.
Relieved that she got the job done:
Semi-finals and finals get underway from Friday and you can keep up to date with all the action right here at www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/live
Junior Women’s C1 Heats
Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) – 3rd and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) – 9th and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Ailsa Gourlay (Strathallan) First run 23rd ; second run 8th and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Junior Men’s K1 Heats
Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr) 3rd and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Jonny Dickson (Independent) 9th and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont) 6th and qualifies for semi-final on Saturday
Junior Women’s K1 Heats
Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) – 15th and qualifies for semi-final on Friday
Lois Leaver (Edinburgh Schools) – 11th and qualifies for semi-final on Friday
Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) – 16th and qualifies for semi-final on Friday
Junior Men’s C1 Heats
Kurts Rozentals (Stafford and Stone) – 8th and qualifies for semi-final on Friday
Alfie Boote (Stafford and Stone) – 15th and qualifies for semi-final on Friday
James Kettle (Lee Valley) – 2nd and qualifies for semi-final on Friday