Friday, June 21
Broadcast note: Slalom World Cup 1 will be televised on Sportsnet on Saturday (4:30 p.m. EST) and Sunday (8:00 p.m. EST). See broadcast schedule for details.
CARDIFF, WALES – The Canadian canoe slalom team kicked off their World Cup Tour today by making it through to the semifinals in men’s single canoe, women’s single canoe and men’s kayak events at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 in Cardiff, Wales.
In the preliminary runs, Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB posted a score of 90.57 in his first run to rank 18th and make the top 40 needed to advance to the semifinal. David Ford, also of Edmonton, did not advance to the semi-final and place 46th with a score of 97.00 in the qualification heats. In women’s canoe, Haley Daniels of Calgary, Alberta placed 14th posting a score of 132.90 and also advanced to the semifinal. In men’s canoe Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, Ottawa advanced to the semifinal in 19th position with a score of 97.16.
In the semifinal round, Ben Hayward stormed down the slalom course to post a score of 91.68 placing 15th overall in men’s kayak. A two-second penalty for a gate touch and a costly mistake on the last upstream pushed Hayward out of contention for the top 10 final. Haley Daniels raced to a 13th place overall result posting a final score of 168.51. Cameron Smedley attacked the race course and paddled aggressive lines but gate penalties added up to push Smedley out of reach of the men’s canoe final. Smedley finished 22nd overall with a final score of 104.33.
Jessica Groeneveld of Innisfail, Alberta, the reigning Pan-American Champion, will take to the race course in the women’s kayak qualification heats starting at 9:40 am EST on Saturday, June 22nd. Cameron Smedley and Ben Hayward will also team-up to race in the men’s double canoe event starting at 10:25 am EST on Saturday, June 22nd.
Summary of Results
|David Ford (Edmonton, AB)||Men’s K1||46th in Heats (97.00)|
|Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)||Men’s K1||Advanced to semi-final
15th in semifinal (91.68)
|Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)||Women’s K1||Will race in qualification heats on June 22nd.|
|Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)||Men’s C1||Advanced to semifinal
22nd in semifinal (104.33)
|Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)||Women’s C1||Advanced to semifinal
13th in Semifinal (168.51)
|Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) & Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)||Men’s C2||Will race in qualification heats June 22nd.|
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