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Van Tonder into B-Final in Duisberg, Hartley has C-Final berth
- Updated: May 21, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Esti van Tonder got her World Cup sprint canoe season up and running at the season’s first World Cup event in Duisburg, Germany on Friday.
The Pretoria based paddler was in 1000-metre K1 action and although she failed to make the A-Final she’s still in upbeat mood.
She raced in Heat One in the morning where she placed fourth in 4min 12.066sec. That saw her through to semi-final one where she took fifth in 4:12.808 after intervals of 1:00.68 (250m), 2:05.14 (500m) and 3:10.81 (750m).
Reflecting on day one’s action she told Road to Rio 2016: ‘Racing has gone well, had a bit of a shocker start in the 1000m heat but seemed to have pulled things together in the semi.
‘Unfortunately I didn’t progress through to the A-final but heading into the B-final with the second fastest time so I will be aiming to win that race tomorrow!
‘Also looking forward to the 500m which is the main event to see how my preparations will pan out for that! In Czech I will be racing the 500m and 200m.’
Elaborating further on her build-up to the World Cups she said: ‘So going into the World Cups my main objective is to see where I am at international level so that I can use it building up to 2020.
‘I’ve also changed quite a few things after my shoulder injury, which thankfully seems to be under control now and no longer an issue, so I will be checking to see if the changes made put us on the right track.’
London Olympics bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley was in K1 200m action where she breezed into the semi-finals. Lining up in the second of three semis she placed sixth in 42.357sec.
That put her into the C-Final where she’ll race on Saturday morning. Her main focus will be on the K1 500m.
In men’s action, Stuart Bristow raced the men’s K1 1000m and took seventh spot in his heat with a time of 3:49.771.