Australia will be in the hunt for a podium finish on
Thursday with the C2 combination of Robin Jeffery and Kynan Maley sneaking into
the semi-final of their event after an exciting day of slalom racing in the
After producing a less than perfect first run, the Western
Australian Institute of Sport pair needed to really lift in their second
They put down a solid run, finishing in a time of 107.47
including two penalties picked up courtesy of gates 4 and 12.
The score put them in 10th place, sneaking through into
the top 10 needed to progress into the semi-final. A nervous wait then ensued
however as the German combination of David Schroeder and Frank Henze, in 11th
place, lodged a protest against a penalty incurred in their second run Ė the
result of which could have knocked the Aussies out of contention.
As the Aussies waited at the bottom of the course and
watched the remaining pairs complete the course, they were anything but
"To be honest, Iíll be happy either way,Ē Maley said. "We
had such a good run that second time that it doesnít matter what happens.
Obviously Iíll be over the moon if we get through but either way Iíll be happy
with how we went.Ē
Nerves were set at ease when the official results were
posted and Maley and Jeffery maintained their 10th placing.
"Itís a tough course,Ē Jeffery said. "Normally on
qualification runs itís not that tight and they then make it harder for
"Itís tight trying to get a boat of two people through
without penalties,Ē Maley added.
Maley will now contest two semi-finals (C1 and C2) and
his elation at his Olympic experience so far is contagious.
"I just canít believe how good it feels to be out there,Ē
the 30-year-old said. "I thought the Opening Ceremony was amazing the other
night, but being out there is really something else.Ē