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Extreme Slalom additional boats announced for 2022 ICF events

Following the 2022 extreme slalom selection event at Lee Valley White Water Centre over the weekend, the British Canoeing Extreme Slalom International Panel have confirmed the additional extreme slalom athletes taking part in the upcoming ICF competitions this season.

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Athletes from a range of disciplines competed at a sun-soaked Lee Valley on Saturday (14 May) and British Canoeing are now pleased to announce the additional junior, U23 and senior competitors looking to take on upcoming World Cups and respective World Championships

With all canoe slalom kayak athletes already pre-selected in the extreme slalom for their ICF competitions, there is a fourth boat place opened up in each event. 

Two impressive runs from Nikita Setchell meant she qualified the senior spot in the women’s extreme event. A fastest run of 60.34 put the 2021 U23 World Champion second in the overall standings, behind the pre-selected Kimberley Woods and just 0.04 seconds ahead of Mallory Franklin, who is already selected in the event. 

Her performances on Saturday meant she also secured the U23 spot for the 2021 ICF U23 World Championships in Ivrea, Italy.

Nikita said:

“I’m really happy to be selected for both the senior team and U23 team for the upcoming extreme slalom races. 

“I’m enjoying the extreme slalom discipline. Since I first took part at the U23 World Championships last year, it got the adrenaline pumping and I'm looking forward to getting some head to head races this year on the international circuit.

“It will be good to get more experience and a longer season under my belt.”

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Ben Haylett will join Joe Clarke, Bradley Forbes-Cryans and Chris Bowers in the men’s extreme slalom action for the World Cup series and senior World Championships. 

Ben finished fourth in the selection series behind Joe, Bradley and Chris with a strong fastest time of 56.42 down the 2012 Olympic course. 

Speaking on his selection, Ben said:

“I was really pleased with my runs at the selection event. It was nice to get two good runs done and secure my place on the senior team. There was strong competition for the place so to finish top U23 boat which means I get to race the senior circuit in 2022.

“I haven't had a huge amount of experience in extreme slalom but it is a great opportunity towards Paris with the discipline in the Olympics. I did have some exposure to it at a World Cup and really enjoyed it so just really looking forward to more opportunities going forwards.”

Taking the men’s U23 spot for the summer competition in Italy will be Jake Brown after two strong runs on Saturday. It was his second run of 57.48 that earned him the place, just 0.32 ahead of David Paterson.

Ben Brown secured the junior men’s additional place, whilst Hannah Rhodes will occupy the junior women’s fourth boat for the junior World Championships in Ivrea. 

All places are subject to appeal. The full international panel statement can be found here. 

Full results from the men’s race can be found here.

Full results from the women’s race can be found here.