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Gilbert runs clear into canoe slalom semis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Tauranga paddler Callum Gilbert has qualified for his fourth World Cup canoe slalom series semi-final of the season in Prague.

The young Kiwi had a clean second heat to clock 90.01seconds for the sixth-fastest K1 time.

"I said at the start of the season I wanted to work on solid, consistent runs and so far it has been working really well," Gilbert said.

"I've surpassed my goals for the season and I'm chuffed with how I've done so far. "

Finn Butcher and Mike Dawson both had gate touches in their second runs, to finish out of the running in 15th and 16th respectively.

Gilbert now turns his attention to the K1 semifinals, and is keen to build on his breakthrough season.

"I've only had one really solid semi run this season and want to try to better that tomorrow," he said.

"It's another tough semifinal field with some quality paddlers so it will be good to see how I mix with them again."

New Zealand's Olympic silver medallist Luuka Jones is sitting out the last two rounds of the season - her next event will be November's inaugural WhitewaterXL at the new Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland.

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