By Mark Etheridge
Our top paddlers had a mixed bag of results on the first day of the second 2010 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary on Friday.
Top women’s paddler Bridgitte Hartley continues her exploits against the world best as she looks to build on a stellar 2009 where she won silver in the K1 1000m at the last World Cup.
On Friday she won her K1 1000m semi-final and went straight through to the A final which will be raced on Saturday.
The┬á men’s K4 combination ended fourth in their semi, which was good enough for a place in the B final and rising star Nick Stubbs, was fifth in the K1 1000m semi which also gave him a B final berth. Stubbs took silver in the B final at the last World Cup in Vichy, France, earlier this month.
And veteran Len Jenkins also showed that he can still mix it with the youngsters as he ended fifth in the K1 1000m semis, also qualifying for the B final.
Not as lucky on the opening day of the three-day event were Calvin Mokoto who ended eighth in the C1 1000m and failed to progress.
Also out were Cam Schoeman and Stu Waterworth (eighth) in the K2 1000m.
The newly formed women’s K4 squad, racing their first international regatta, ended ninth in the 500m distance and failed to go further on this occasion.
Two of our 2012 Olympic Games hopefuls, Shaun Rubenstein and Mike Arthur will be in action on Saturday.