Rheinisch in World Cup race final
RIVER SAVA, TACEN, LJUBLIANA, SLOVENIA
SIXTH ON RIVER SAVA FOR OLYMPIAN
The third round of the World Cup Series,held on an articificial slalom course on the river Sava, just 10 minutes from the nations capital, Ljubliana. Twice before this course has proved rewarding for the Irish, with Ian Wiley narrowly missing out on a medal in the 1991 World Championships, finishing fifth. This years World Cup event saw Eoin Rheinishch, Athens Olympian, finish in sixth position.
After the semi-finals he was in third place, only half a second off the lead, but the surging and unpredictable waters of this course did not favour his second run. His last World Cup win was in Spain in 2004, but with a World ranking of eight in 2006, he is steadily improving as Beijing approaches.
Coach Han Bijnen was at the event providing support to the Irish team which comprises three Mens kayaks and two Women's kayak competitors. Helen Barnes was just outside the top 20 while British Champion Neil Caffrey was unlucky not to qualify for the semi-finals, just 15 hundreths of a second off the required time. While expectations are high the focal point of the season will be the Olympic qualifier at the World Championships in Brazil, this September.
6th Eoin Rheinisch (Salmon Leap Canoe Club), 41st Neil Caffrey (Quickflow) and 63rd Ciaran Heautrau competed in the Men's kayak class.
21st Helen Barnes and 39th Hanah Craig competed in the Women's kayak class.
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