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Hartley wins heat to roar into World Cup semi-finals
- Updated: August 20, 2015
South Africa’s 2012 Olympic bronze medallist powered through to the K1 500-metre semi-finals at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Italy on Thursday morning, writes Mark Etheridge.
Lining up in the third of six heats on a warm (24deg Celsius) morning , Hartley hit the front after the halfway mark and went on to win in a time of 1min 56.995sec.
That was after lying third at the halfway mark, behind France’s Sarah Guyot and Serbia’s Kristina Bedec.
The result meant that both Hartley and Guyot qualified automatically for the semi-finals (three of them) starting from 3.30pm SA time.
Hartley’s time saw her 10th fastest of 36 qualifiers into the semi-final. Top qualifier was Belarussia’s Volha Khudzenka with a 1:53.309.