After a gold, silver and bronze on the opening day in London, day two was all about the heats and qualification for the semi-finals of the individual women’s and men’s events for GSF athletes Kimberley Woods, Ryan Westley and James Kettle. New world women’s canoe team champion Kimberley picked up where she left off to advance automatically to Friday’s semi-final, finishing in fourth overall with an impressive effort of 96.72 on a windy morning. Ryan Westley, silver medallist in the team event on day one, followed in the men’s canoe heats and navigated the increasingly challenging conditions superbly to qualify automatically in tenth with a time of 87.05. Unfortunately for James, he did not advance despite best efforts in a challenging heat.
The Great Britain team and GSF athletes enjoyed a clean sweep of qualifiers in the women’s and men’s kayak on day three, as the hosts continued to enjoy every inch of the Lee Valley White Water Centre. After progressing in the canoe event on day two, the switch to the women’s and men’s kayak presented further opportunities – something GSF ambassador Kimberley Woods grabbed with both hands as she qualified directly to the semi-finals from heat one, after posting a time of 88.28 seconds to rank fourth overall. GSF ambassador Joe Clarke was made to wait before getting started in heat one following a ten minute delay to proceedings but and, despite picking up a penalty at gate three, looked strong through the top section. Joe went completely clean after gate three and posted a time of 83.28 for that top-30 place overall as he advanced through automatically to Saturday’s semi-finals.