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New U.S. paddler Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.) won the Bronze medal in the Men’s Kayak (K-1) Saturday at the 2013 Slalom World Cup No. 1. The two-time Olympic medalist for France improved from 16th after heats and 5th after the semifinals with a penalty-free final run time of 89.14, which was 2.03 seconds behind the Gold medalist Fabien Doerfler of Germany.
Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) placed 26th in the women’s kayak semifinal with a time of 125.49, which was +16.89 seconds behind the round’s first place finisher. Mann incurred two gate touch penalties during her run. She qualified for the semifinal with a 9th place ranking after Friday’s heats.
Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) finished 14th in women’s K-1 in her first World Cup of the season and first as a member of Team USA. The Slovakia-born paddler turned in a semifinal run time of 118.17, which was +6.86 seconds behind the round’s first place finisher. She incurred one gate touch penalty, which was enough to knock her out of the Top 10 and a place in the Final.
Congratulations to the athletes nominated to the 2013 U.S. Junior National Team, which will compete at the 2013 ICF Under-23/Junior World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, July 17-21.
Tim Hornsby finished 6th in the Men’s K1 200m A Final Sunday with a time of 37.967, which was 1.324 seconds behind the first place finisher – 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Mark De Jonge of Canada.
In the Senior Men's race, Borys Markin led from start to finish. Markin, a former K4 bronze medalist in the 200-meter Sprint World Championships, represented the Rockaway Olympic Center (NY). By virtue of winning his division and beating the mandatory time standard, Markin punched his ticket to the ICF Marathon World Championships, to be held in Denmark in September.
Everyone at USA Canoe/Kayak & the OKC Boathouse Foundation is keeping those affected by the May 20 tornado in our thoughts and prayers.
Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.) and Ashley Nee (Bethesda, Md.) win Gold in Men’s and Women’s Kayak, respectively. Micki Reeves (Denver, Colo.) won Gold in Women’s Canoe.
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won the Silver medal Saturday in the Women’s K2 1000m, following up on their Bronze medal won last weekend in the same event. They crossed the line 3:39.969, +2.494 seconds behind the first place finishers from Australia.
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won the Bronze medal in the women’s K2 1000m race. They finished in 3:54.966, 1.008 seconds behind the first place finisher. Two local Hungarian boats finished 1st and 2nd.
Congratulations to Micki Reeves of Denver, Colorado for a third place finish overall in the Pyrenees Cup last week.
Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Team USA!
The 2013 Team Trials marks the beginning of a new Olympic quadrennial, in which there will be some big shoes to fill. In senior women’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will get the first shot at replacing replace three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who retired after London to enter veterinary school. McElroy finished first in both the 200m and 500m finals before teaming up with her Oklahoma City Boathouse District training partner Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) to win the K2 500m distance.
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