Kauzer & Kragelj lead the heats PDF E-mail
Photo: Delly CarrSlovenian kayakers Peter Kauzer and Urša Kragelj were the fastest in heats of Australian Open – ICF Ranking race in Penrith. Other Slovenians also raced well with only four younger competitors failing to qualify for semi-finals.

Peter Kauzer and Urša Kragelj paddled very well at the second ICF Ranking Race in Penrith with many international athletes present finishing at the top position after the heats. Urša Kragelj was a second and eleven hundreds of a second faster than her closest rival two times Olympic Champion Štepanka Hilgertova, while Kauzer was 79 hundreds of a seconds faster than Dutch paddler Robert Bouten. “My first run was okay and I was really satisfied with it. After five and a half weeks of hard training here I feel a little bit tired. The first run was like I wanted, without any technical mistakes. I was a bit tired in the finish, but otherwise everything was okay. My second run was not good, but I’m so tired that it’s hard,” Peter Kauzer said for the official website of the competition. Jure Meglič also progressed to the semi-final without any problems with 11th time of the heats. Janoš Peterlin, 19th, and Gregor Brovinsky, 37th, also ensured themselves a place in Sunday’s semi-final, while Alen Kovačič, Martin Albreht and Anej Berlot already finished this competition.

Photo: Delly CarrUrša Kragelj was surprised finishing heats with the fastest time. For the official website of the competition she said: “We were just having a break before this race so I was just taking it like training, which was good because I wasn’t really nervous and I normally usually get nervous before the race. The top part of the first heat was good but then I lost some time near the end, but in the second round I managed to make it up at the end even though I wasn’t too good in the first part so I’m happy about it.” Eva Terčelj, 13th place, and Nina Mozetič, 17th place, also advanced to the semi-final, while Ajda Novak finished in 32nd place and was too slow to advance.

In Saturday’s semi-finals will also compete canoeists Anže Berčič (16th place) and Jernej Zupan (29th place) and both Canadian doubles Sašo Taljat – Luka Božič (15th place) and Luka Slapšak – Urban Jarc (17th place).

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