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Antrim's Hannah Craig progresses to semi-finals in style

Updated: Monday, 30 Jul 2012 20:01 | Comments

Hannah Craig is through to the semi-finals of the Canoe Slalom
Hannah Craig is through to the semi-finals of the Canoe Slalom

Hannah Craig has progressed to the semi-finals of Canoe Slalom, with a stunning second run that shaved just over eight seconds off her first time at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Craig was the first competitor to qualify from the opening round and did so in style, finishing in a time of 108.99 with just two penalties.

After a middling first run of 117.07, Craig sat in 14th place. The top 15 qualify for the semi-finals, leaving Craig with plenty to do in her second run.

The Antrim canoeist turned on the style with a much more confident run that was error free right up until the finish.

Craig picked up two late penalties at the tricky 19th gate but that wasn’t enough to deny her and she will have high hopes going into Thursday’s semi-final.

She eventually finished in 14th place with Spain's Maialen Chourraut topping the timesheet with a brilliant first run of 98.75.

Thursday's semi-final will see the 15 remaining canoeists battle it out for 10 places in the final. There will be no room for error with all competitors restricted to just one run.

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