Games dream in danger

Kate Lawrence will need to bounce back in the Olympic Qualifiers to make the London Games.
Kate Lawrence will need to bounce back in the Olympic Qualifiers to make the London Games.

FORMER Old Bonalbo resident Ros Lawrence was left searching for answers after failing to make the final of Australian Open Canoe K1 Slalom Olympic qualifying event at Penrith on Saturday.

The dual World Cup gold medallist rolled her boat in the early stages of the semi-final and failed to make the top 10 cut for the final.

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"I had a bad run and was pretty devastated at the time," Lawrence said yesterday.

"My stroke was too long and when the wave hit me I had nothing to support me.

"I rolled my boat and went past the gate upside down so I had to paddle a long way back to start again.

"You always hear of people having really bad runs at qualifying events and I was just hoping that it wasn't going to be me.

"I'll call this my throwaway race and look to improve at the next qualifying event."

Lawrence's older sister Kate had better luck, finishing fifth in the women's K1 final.

The 28-year-old finished ahead of current world champion Corinna Kunle and was the second Australian to finish behind Penrith teenager Jessica Fox.

The Lawrence sisters will get another chance to impress at the Oceania Championships later this month.

Kate Lawrence and Fox lead the way in the race to seal a berth on the Olympic team with two races at the Oceania event counting towards selection.

Each athlete's best three times from the Australian Open and Oceania Championships will be used to determine who gets Australia's only women's K1 Slalom spot in London.

Although Ros Lawrence was in tears following her result on Saturday, she claimed some consolation yesterday when she won bronze in the women's C1 final.

"It was good but I still didn't perform to the level I expected," she said.

"It's all about the Olympics and I'm glad Kate put in a solid performance."

In 2008 Kate was pipped by her older sister Jacqui for a place on the Australian team to compete at the Beijing Olympics.

Jacqui won silver at the Chinese Games.

Topics:  australian open canoe k1 slalom, london olympics, olympics, ros lawrence



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