Australian Slalom Canoe Open - Peschier the man to beat in C1

14/02/2015 by Steve Knowles

Frenchman Nicolas Peschier will be the man to beat in the C1M final at the Australian Open in Penrith on Sunday.  The world number 21 built on his heat win on Friday by recording the fastest semifinal time of 93.53, 0.31 seconds ahead of 2013 bronze medalist Stanislav Jezek.

Slovakian Matej Benus was third fastest in 95.28.

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Joining the trio in the final will be a host of European heavyweights including 2006 World Champion Stefano Cipressi of Italy, Frenchman Denis Gargaud-Chanut, German duo Franz Anton and Florian Breuer, Lukas Rohan of the Czech Republic and Slovakian Patrik Gajarsky.

Just the sole Australian, Kynan Maley, will feature in the final.

A fantastic result for the Western Australian who is embarking on a return to the senior team this year having taken a break since competing at the London Olympic Games.

The semifinal acted as the second of three selection trials for the senior and U23 athletes.

Maley was the pick of the Australian athletes recording the seventh fastest semifinal run overall of 98.29.

After finishing second in yesterday’s qualification runs, Ethan Hodson finished second once again to put himself in a strong position to earn his first C1M senior selection berth.

Ian Borrows (13th), Warwick Draper (14th), Robin Jeffery (15th), Daniel Watkins (18th) and Christian Fabris (19th) all featured in the top 20.

Watkins has all but secured a place in the U23 Australian team with his 18th placing, while Tristan Carter completed a clean sweep of the junior selection trials with his fourth win in as many races.

The C1M Final will be contested on Sunday at 11:20am AEST.

Earlier the C1M invitational semifinal was held with Tasmanian Rohan Borojevic producing the fastest run of 123.07.