RACICE, Czech Republic - Krisztina Zur (Costa Mesa, Calif.) claimed the gold medal for Team USA in the Women's K-1 1000m. Zur finished in 3:57.901, a quarter of a second ahead of the runner-up, Natalya Sergeyeva of Kazakhstan. National Team Coach Guy Wilding described Zur's performance as "all class." Also competing in the 1000m A Final, Ariel Farrar-Wellman (Bethesda, Md.) placed ninth.
The Women's K-2 tandem of Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Jen Burke (San Diego, Calif.) added to the U.S. medal talley, winning the bronze medal in the 1000m A Final. Both the K-1 and K-2 1000m events are not on the Olympic program.
"For our first regatta of the international season, the athletes faired well," Wilding said. "This was a very productive experience all round and we know what we need to work on in the coming months to prepare for the World Championships and Olympic qualification."
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After finishing first in her heat and semifinal, Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) finished in sixth place in the K1W 500m A Final. Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) placed fifth in the 500m C Final.
In the hotly contested K4M 1000m, Morgan House (Gainesville, Ga.), Pat Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii)and Australian-American identical twins Luke and Jake Michael (Sydney, Australia/Hawaii) placed sixth in the B Final. Despite training together for only a few weeks, the new K-4 boat finished two seconds behind last year's World Champions from France.
"They are improving all the time and show real promise," Wilding said.
Zur and Johnson both finished in the top two of their K1W 200m heats and semifinal to qualify for Sunday's A Final. The Women's K-2 boats of McElroy/Burke and Hogan/Farrar-Wellman both placed sixth in their heats and recorded top eight finishes in their semifinals to qualify for Sunday's B Final. In K2W 500m, McElroy and Burke are placed sixth in their heat and sixth in their semifinal to qualify for Sunday's B Final. Also competing in the K2W 500m, Hogan and Farrar-Wellman placed sixth in their heat, seventh in their semifinal and will not compete in the final round.
Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) placed fourth in his K1M 200m heat and seventh in his semifinal to qualify for Sunday's C Final. Also competing in the 200m, House placed sixth in his heat and did not participate in the semifinal round. The Men's K-2 boat of Jake Michael and Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) placed sixth in their 200m heat and seventh in their semifinal to qualify for Sunday's C Final.
Robert Finlayson (Gainesville, Ga.) and Ben Hefner (Gainesville, Ga.) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in their C1M 200m heats and did not progress to the semifinal round. In Men's C-2, Finlayson and Alejandro Schwedhelm (Potomac, Md.) placed ninth in the 200m heat and did not progress to the semifinal round.
In addition to the finals mentioned above, four U.S. paddlers will compete in 5000m races. Zur and Hogan will compete in the Women's race, while Luke Michael and Rich Sprout (Costa Mesa, Calif.) will take part in the Men's race.