Delfour eyeing off K1 podium


Lucien Delfour
2013 Australian Open
Photograph:Sportscene
Tom Collings, Sunday, 24 February 2013

10 Australian boats to feature in finals this afternoon on the final day of the 2013 Australian Open.

NSW duo Lucien Delfour and Joey Croft are through to the mens K1 semifinal after an action packed morning of racing at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

Czech Republic paddler Jiri Prskavec produced a fast clean run, attacking each gate on his way the finish, recording a time of 86.11, 1.35 seconds ahead of German Fabian Doerfler with Delfour third fastest in 88.08.

A small field contested the mens C2 with just five boast lineing up for the semifinal.

German brothers Kevin and Kai Mueller recorded the fastest time 104.89 in a German trifecta ahead of Franz Anton and Jan Benzien, and Mathias Westphal and Paul Jork.

Newly formed C2 pairing Robin Jeffery and Ethan Hodson will also line up in the final, providing them another opportunity to get some valuable racing experience together.

Australia dominated the womens C1 semifinal recording the five quickest semifinal times.

Jessica Fox recorded the quickest time down the Penrith course in 111.34 to finish 6.01 seconds ahead of Alison Borrows with Ros Lawrence 0.89 seconds further back.

Earlier in the day the mens K1 invitational kicked off Sundays action with Derwent river U23 paddler Andrew Eckhardt producing a quick clean time of 102.76, 7.49 seconds ahead of
Joseph Robinson with Zachary Thompson two seconds futher back.

Finals action with resume from midday with the mens K1 final featuring Delfour and Croft.

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