Caffrey makes cut for World Cup Event semi-finals
The artificial slalom course on the Vltava river, in downtown Prague, provided a tough course for the first
event in the canoe-slalom World Cup Series, with only one of the three Irish Men’s kayaks qualifying for
Olympian Eoin Rheinish showed glimpses of his form from the European Championships where he took sixth place. His second run today was the third fastest time of the day, but a cautious first run left him just outside the top 40 that will race on Sunday afternoon. Nottingham based paddler, Neil Caffrey, will keep Irish hopes alive in the next stage as he finished in 38th place. Given that 40 qualified for the semi-finals, Ciaran Heurtau, part of the 2012 squad, can consider himself unlucky, finishing in 41st place. The prospects for this 20 year old who had two penalty free runs are good given that this was only his second senior event.
In the womens kayak class both Irish competitors qualified for the semi-finals to be held on Sunday, July 1st. Hannah Craig, who has her eyes set on 2012 proved better of the Irish, finishing in 30th position with a consistent performance across the two race runs. Nottingham based Helen Barnes, the more senior of the two, posted two clean runs to finish 38th of the 61 starters. Local paddler and twice former Olympic champion Stepanka Hilgertova took first and will be favourite for the final.
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