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Olympian Hartley hurtles into World Cup final
- Updated: June 1, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
Olympic bronze medallist Bridgtte Hartley blasted through to the finals of the K1 500-metre event at the third and final World Cup sprint canoe competition in Poznan on Friday.
Hartley had missed the first two World Cups in Hungary and the Czech Republic due to a bout of chicken pox.
But, after she blew off the cobwebs in the heats she raced her way to third spot in the semi-finals to secure a berth in the A Final in her first competition since her London heroics last year.
The fact that she went straight through to the finals after her sickness setback is hugely encouraging to say the least.
Racing in the second of two semi-finals, the KwaZulu-Natal based ace, clocked 2min 04.868sec, to end third behind Slovenia’s Janic Spela Ponomarkenko (2:01.712) and Kiwi Lisa Carrington (2:02.780).
“I’m really happy to have qualified for the final,” said Hartley. “There were some windy races for us today.”
She races the K1 500m final on Saturday and is also entered for the K1 200m event the same day.