Hendrick secures semi spot in Spain
Irish paddler Robert Hendrick made it through to the semi-finals at the Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain yesterday.
Hendrick finished 10th in the second run of the men's C1 (Canadian canoe) with a clean run in 99.03 seconds to pick up the final place of the ten on offer.
The Kildare man was initially placed 11th but Italy's Roberto Colazingari was given a 50-second penalty for missing a gate with Hendrick moving up a place.
He will qualify a CI boat for the Tokyo Olympics if he finishes among the top 11 nations at tomorrow's semi-finals where he will be the first to take to the water.
Three places behind him in 99.62 seconds was Liam Jegou while Jake Cochrane ended up with a time of 151.72, coming home in 49th spot.
Earlier in the day, Cochrane had finished 25th and best of the Irish on the first run with a time of 99.71, less than half a second off making the top 20. The top 20 on the first run qualified immediately for the semi-finals.
In action today will be Caoimhe O'Ferrell in the women's C1, and Eoin Teague, Oisín Farrell and Samuel Curtis in the men's K1.