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Weather hits canoe/kayak schedule

Shunyi Rowing/Canoe Park
Heavy rain played havoc with the Thursday's Olympic schedule

Thursday's Olympic canoe and kayak events were postponed until Friday after a day of heavy rain in Shunyi.

Only the men's C2 canoe semi-finals were possible, with German duo Felix Michel and Sebastian Piersig recording the fastest time en route to the final.

Double Olympic champions Peter and Pavol Hochschorner of Slovakia also made it through.

The semi-finals of the women's K1 kayak slalom will now take place on Friday, which was meant to be a rest day.

The men's canoe double started under gloomy skies and heavy rain with coaches and team-mates needing umbrellas as they ran down the side of the course shouting encouragement.

In the women's K1 kayak, Slovakia's defending Olympic champion Elena Kaliska recorded the best combined time of 186.19 after Wednesday's heats.

She'll be among 15 athletes who will compete in Friday's semi-finals in the hope of reaching the final later in the day.

Great Britain's Fiona Pennie failed to make the semis after finishing 17th in the heats.

see also
Pennie crashes out of K1 slalom
13 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
GB's Florence claims canoe silver
12 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
GB's Walsh & Florence reach semis
11 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
British canoeists' golden glint
03 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Kayak pair finally named for GB
18 Jul 08 |  Canoeing
Hemmings into Olympic qualifiers
05 May 08 |  Canoeing
Walsh confirmed in slalom squad
21 May 08 |  Canoeing
Team GB for Beijing
21 Jul 08 |  Team GB

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