19 Sep 2015

Sport: Pacific paddlers struggle at World Champs

9:34 am on 19 September 2015

Pacific paddlers Bryden Nicholas and Daniel Tuiraviravi have missed out on a semi final spot at the World Canoe Slalom Championships in London.

World Canoe Slalom Championships in London

World Canoe Slalom Championships in London Photo: Supplied

Fiji's Tuiraviravi was 80th in the K1 men's first round heat in a time of 105.11 seconds.

Cook Islands rep Nicholas was a distant 99th in 147.67 seconds.

The top 20 advanced directly to the semi finals, with a further ten spots up for grabs in the second round repecharge.

Nicholas produced a much-improved run to finish 36th in 96.65 seconds, while Tuiraviravi was 56th in 122.22 seconds.

Despite finishing well down the field, the pair are assured of a place at next year's Rio Olympics, with each country entitled to enter one man and one woman.

They will have another chance to qualify directly at next year's Oceania Championships.