The team events got the 2021 ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships underway, with Britain having a 12 strong team of U23s taking to the water on day one of the competition, in Ljubljana – Tacen, Slovenia.
With a majority of the team going into their first international competition in nearly two years, there were some strong team displays, which saw them narrowly miss out on a place on the podium.
The women’s K1 U23 trio of Nikita Setchell, Phoebe Spicer and Lois Leaver got the Brits underway in Slovenia and were extremely close to the podium with a fourth place finish, just over a second off the bronze medal. The team put down a good, solid run, with just one touch on gate 11 putting them out of medal contention.
It was a similar result for the women’s C1 U23 team, consisting of Ellis Miller, Beth Forrow and Sophie Ogilvie. The team took to the course with bags of international experience under their belts and too were extremely close to reaching that podium with the fastest raw time of the day. Five touches between the trio, however, meant it was just 0.45 seconds between them and bronze after posting a 119.23.
With two of the three athletes making their first steps into the U23 team, Jonny Dickson and Ben Haylett joined regular senior team member Chris Bowers to take on the men’s K1 U23 event. The team again showed some extremely strong pace in what was a stacked field of competitors, but six seconds of penalties left them in sixth place with a time of 94.65.
The men’s C1 U23 team capped off the first day for the British side, finishing seventh in their team event. Vittorio Pezzaioli, Peter Linksted and Kurts Adams Rozentals combined to post a near clean run of 104.05, with just the one touch on gate nine.
The 12 athletes will now turn their attentions to the individual events which get underway tomorrow.
Women’s K1 U23 heats are up first and you can catch all the action at www.canoeicf.com
U23 Women’s K1 – 4th
U23 Men’s K1 – 6th
U23 Women’s C1 –4th
U23 Men’s C1 – 7th