Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships – C1M Semi-Finals
This morning’s programme at the Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia saw the Irish team competing in the semi-finals of the C1M U23 and Junior classes.
Jake Cochrane was first-off, of the Irish U23 trio, on a very tight technical course. He lost a little time on gate 3, picking up a penalty in the process and shaved it a little tight on two following offset moves to pick up further touches on gates 8 and 13 to leave him in 23rd position overall of the 62 competitors in this class with a time of 107.55 plus six added penalties.
Robert Hendrick was next off and he put in a very controlled, penalty-free run of 109.06secs to finish up in 20th position overall.
Liam Jegou knew he had to put in a top ten performance to progress to this afternoon’s final and he put in a very solid, penalty-free run of 100.41secs to qualify in 7th position. So, one of our three U23 semi-finalists progress to the finals this afternoon.
In the C1M Junior class James Gibbons was next up and was going well and clear up to gate 14 but was off-line for the following very difficult offset sequence and missed gates 15 and 16. Despite going back for the gates, he lost at least 30secs and took 50’s on both which ended his challenge. Still a very good debut at this level of competition for this young paddler which he will be hoping to build on at next month’s European Championships.
All eyes now on Liam’s final run which is scheduled for 15.20 Irish time, with Liam 4th off of the 10 finalists. Follow him on: