Argentinian Sebastian Rossi and Australian Ali Borrows won their respective U23 C1 heats on an exciting morning of racing at the ICF Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.
Czech paddlers dominate the opening day of competition at the 2014 Junior & Under 23 Slalom World Championships.
Australian Jessica Fox and Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic have won their respective heats on the opening morning of the 2014 ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.
Action is underway out at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

19 year old Australian star Jessica Fox heads into the U23 C1W event as the hot favourite as the number one ranked paddler in the world.

Fox dominated the event on the international stage in 2013 winning gold at the senior World Championships in Prague, following victories at four of the five ICF World Cups.

The Penrith Valley canoeist will be looking to make it back to back titles but will face some tough competition from 17 other women.

Two of those women likely to rival Fox for a position on top of the podium are fellow top 10 ranked C1 paddlers Mallory Franklin of Great Britain and Czech canoeist Monika Jancova of the Czech Republic.

Franklin who is ranked fourth in the world coincidentally finished fourth at last year’s event in Slovakia and will be keen to move up a few positions in Penrith.

We preview the K1W event ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that commences in Sydney on Wednesday.

19 year old Australian Jessica Fox will be looking to use her home course advantage and win her first U23 K1 world title in Penrith this week.

In 2013, Fox finished 18th, a disappointing result by her lofty standards.

The London Olympic silver medalist will be looking to set the record straight.

The world number four will face strong competition from fellow top 20 ICF ranked kayakers Eva Tercelj of Slovenia, Frenchwoman Nouria Newman and Italian Stefanie Horn.

Horn in particular will be looking to go one better than last year when she won the silver medal in Liptovsky Mikulas.

British pair Bethan Latham and Kimberley Woods, Czech paddler Karolina Galuskova and Austrian Lisa Leitner will be others in the mix.

Jess Fox doesn’t know where she finished in the K1 at last year’s U23 World Championships – “about 18thor 19th” – but knows she has a major point to prove at Penrith this week.

After winning the silver medal at the London Olympics in the K1 the previous year, to not make the final at the U23 Worlds was a big disappointment.

“I’ve got some unfinished business,” Fox said on the eve of this year’s U23 World Championships.

“Last year the K1 didn’t quite go to plan or how I would have liked, I was really disappointed with that result. I’m definitely looking to improve on that 18thor 19th– I don’t even remember, except that it was far down the list.

“I’m looking to make the final this week and paddle to my ability and to my potential on my home course.”

While having this year’s Worlds on her home course in Penrith should give the 19-year-old a big advantage over her overseas rivals, Fox admits its been hard trying to get the adrenalin flowing.

We preview the C1M and C2M events ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that begin next week.

The U23 C1Mevent will see 48 paddlers fight it out to be declared World Champion down the Sydney Olympic course.

It is one of the more open events with 11 of the top 50 ICF ranked canoeists competing.

Italian Roberto Colazingari is the highest ranked among them, 21stin the world.

Colazingari will be looking to improve on his fifth place finish at last year’s U23 World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Two paddlers that beat him in 2013 were Slovakian pair Patrik Gajarsky and Jergus Badura.

Gajarsky will be out to defend his title after edging Czech Martin Riha and Badura for the win last year.

Other canoeists in the mix include 2013 finalists Luka Bozic of Slovenia and American Zachary Lokken.

We preview the K1M event just six days out from the start of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.

World number 11 Jiri Prskavec will be the man to beat in the U23 K1M event.

The Czech star produced a fantastic season in 2013 which was capped off by winning silver at the senior World Championships in front of his home crowd in Prague.

At last year’s U23 World Championships he was outclassed by Frenchman Mathieu Biazizzo. 

The world number 22 will face a tough battle to defend his title this year.

Slovakian Martin Halcin and Italian Giovanni De Gennaro are World Cup regulars and will be out to upstage their more fancied opponents.

De Gennaro also featured alongside Prskavec in the senior Worlds final last year, finishing tenth.

Melbourne Canoe Club kayaker Jaxon Merritt heads into the event in career best form after taking out the Oceania Championship earlier in the year.

The following start lists are provisional only:

- Entries by class

- Entries by country

- Day 1 (23/4/2014)

- Day 2 (24/4/2014)

- Day 3 (25/4/2014)

350 athletes and officials from 34 countries will contest the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships from 23 to 27 April.

The competition will be held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the venue of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Australian Olympic K1W silver medalist Jessica Fox and 2013 World Championship K1M silver medalist Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic will headline the event which will showcase the best young talent in the world.

The U23 competition will be fierce with Fox out to defend her U23 C1W Worlds title. The 19 year old will also be looking to improve on her 18th placing in the K1W event.

The accreditation fee will be charged for the access period 19 – 27 April. The fee will be $225 AUD per accreditation and will be charged for all Athletes and Team Officials.  Please contact Mary Macaluso (mary.macaluso@canoe.org.au) for your invoice.

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