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Strong day for the Brits on day two of ICF U23 and Junior World Championships

It was a strong day for the British team on day two of the ICF U23 and Junior World Championships in Pitesti, with almost a full quota of A and B finalists.

Smith Gregory

Former World Junior K2 silver medallist Magnus Gregory and his partner Charlie Smith put in a valiant effort in the A Final of the U23 K2 1000m, where they finished seventh place overall. The pair showed exceptional endurance to finish strongly and only narrowly missed out on sixth place, by a margin of less than half a second, to cross the line in 3:33.542.  

In her first year in the Under 23 age group, Chelmsford’s Emma Russell was fifth in the K1 1000m A Final. In a close contest at the back end of the race, she was just half a second off a podium spot and came home in 4.19.784.

Emma Russell

Emily Hewitt was delighted to make the A Final of the C1 U23 Women 500m this afternoon. After a third place in this morning’s semi final, the Southampton athlete finishes in ninth place overall, with a final time of 2.31.249.

Philip Miles, who celebrated his 18th birthday today, was unlucky to miss out on a spot in the Junior K1M 1000m A final after finishing fourth in his semi-final. Despite posting the fourth fastest time overall this morning, the European silver medallist went again in the B final where he was almost two and a half seconds clear of his nearest rival to finish in 3.51.576 and 10th place overall, consolidating an excellent season so far.

Phil Miles

Royal Canoe Club’s Stuart Bristow was also fourth in his semi-final of the U23 K1M 1000m which put him into the B Final. An impressive race from him saw him take the victory, 1.5 seconds ahead of the next boat and a fantastic 10th place overall.   

Freya Peters was in action in the B Final of the Junior K1W 1000m. Having finished in seventh in her semi-final she posted 4.38.067 for third place ranking her twelfth overall.

The K2 Junior Men 1000m pair, Zak Benstead and Alex Greaves, finished sixth in their semi-final  to progress through to the B Final where they finished sixth in 3.42.708.

Charlotte Carey was eighth in the B Final of the C1 Junior 500m, crossing the line in 2.31.435.

The British Junior K4W 500m squad of Alexandra Armstrong (Linlithgow KR),Kate Hipkins (Longridge CC), Elise Churchill (Seren DWR) and Skye Cadell (Linlithgow KR) posted 1.48.347 to finish eighth in their B-Final

With no B Final in the U23 K4W 500m, the British crew were in a competitive semi-final this morning. Ava Dale, Rachael Kneen, Melissa Johnson and Lucy Lee-Smith were fifth, less than a second off the third place qualification mark.

Thomas Lambert also just missed the cut to qualify for the finals of the Junior C1M 1000m after finishing in ninth place in his 1000m semi-final in 4.35.049.

Day 2 results summary

K2 U23 Men 1000m Final A

Charles Smith (Leighton Buzzard) and Magnus Gregory (Longridge)  -7th- 3:33.542

K1 U23 Women 1000m Final A

Emma Russell (Chelmsford) - 5th- 4:19.784

C1 U23 Women 500m Final A

Emily Hewitt (Southampton CC) - 9th  02:31.249

K1 Junior Men 1000m B Final

Philip Miles (Royal Leamington Spa CC) -3:51.576 - 1st

K1 U23 Men 1000m B Final

Stuart Bristow - 3:53.642 - 1st

K1 Junior Women 1000m  B Final

Freya Peters (Richmond CC) - 4:38.067 - 3rd

K2 Junior Men 1000m B Final

Zak Benstead (Elmbridge CC) and Alex Greaves (Royal Leamington) -3:42.708 - 6th

C1 Junior Women 500m B Final

Charlotte Carey (Independent) - 2:31.435 - 8th

K4 Junior Women 500m Final B

Alexandra Armstrong (Linlithgow KR),Kate Hipkins (Longridge CC), Elise Churchill (Seren DWR) and Amelia Skye Cadell (Linlithgow KR) - 1:48.347 - 8th

K4 U23 Women 500m 1st Semi-final  5th

The K4 U23 500m GB crew, Ava Dale, Rachael Kneen, Melissa Johnson and Lucy Lee-Smith.

C1 Junior Men 1000m 2nd Semi-final

Thomas Lambert  (Lee Valley) - 4:35.049 -9th

Day 3 schedule 

C1 Junior Women 200m 2nd Semifinal 0650 BST

Alix Aitchison (Independent)

K1 Junior Women 200m  2nd Semi-final 0700BST

Enya Dale (Oxford Falcon CC)

K1 Junior Men 200m 3rd Semi-final 0720 BST

Daniel Atkins (Reading CC)

C1 U23 Women 200m 1st Semi-final 0725 BST

Emily Hewitt (Southampton CC)

C1 Junior Men 200m 1st Semi-final 0735 BST

Thomas Lambert (Lee Valley)

K1 U23 Women 200m 1st Semi-final 0755 BST

Lucy Lee-Smith (Norwich)

K1 U23 Men 200m 2nd Semi-final 0815 BST

Trevor Thomson (Ealing CC)

C2 U23 Women 200m 1st Semi-final 0835 BST

Bethany Gill (Holme Pierrepont CC) and Anna Palmer (Longridge)


K4 Junior Men 500m Heat 3 1312 BST

Andras Kereszturi (Ealing), Frederick Kemp, Daniel Atkins (Reading CC) and Philip Miles (The Royal Leamington Spa CC)

K1 Junior Women 500m Heat 3 1330 BST

Zoe Clark (Royal Canoe Club) 

C2 Junior Women 500m Heat 1 1342 BST

Alix Aitchison (Independent)  / Charlotte Carey (Independent)

K4 U23 Men 500m Heat 2 1400 BST

Max Littlewood (Nottingham Kayak Club), Noah Dembele (Leaside Canoe Club), Samuel Glover (Falcon Canoe Club)  and Peter Quittenton (Lincoln)

K1 U23 Women 500m Heat 1 1412 BST

Emma Russell (Chemlsford)

C2 U23 Women 500m Heat 2 1636 BST

Bethany Gill (Holme Pierrepont CC) and Anna Palmer (Longridge)

K2 Junior Women 500m Heat 2 1524 BST

Zoe Clarke (Royal Canoe Club) and Enya Dale (Falcon Canoe Club)

K1 U23 Men 500M Heat 2 1554 BST 

Stuart Bristow (Royal CC)