24 May 2009

New Zealand kayakers all make a semi finals in Poznam World Cup

7:41 am on 24 May 2009

The New Zealand kayak team has had a good first day at the World Cup regatta in Poznam, Poland, with all the team qualifying for the semi-finals.

Steven Fergusson, who has stepped in to Ben Fouhy's shoes as the former World Champion takes a year's break from the sport, is through to the K1 500 and K1 1000 semi finals after finishing third in heats for both events. Liam O'Loughlin has also made the semis in the K1 500 after coming fourth in his heat but he missed out on the K1 1000 finishing 8th in his heat.

Fergusson's time in the K1 1000 was 3m 37.9s well outside Fouhy's world best time of 3.24.4 set at Poznam in 2006. The fastest heat time was 3.28.7 set by Germany's Max Hoff.

Erin Taylor is alo through to the semis in the women's K1 500 and 1000 races after finishing thirs in the K1 500 and third in the K1 1000.

Troy Burbridge and Scott Bicknell were second in the heats of the K2 500 and won their heat in the K11000 to make the semis while in the women's events Lisa Carrington and Teneale Hatton were third and second in their races.

Crowds of more than 40,000 regularly attend the finals of Poznam event.