MILAN, ITALY – Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, QC finished sixth in Paracanoe on the opening day of the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan, Italy. Gauthier competed in the Women’s KL2 200m and her result qualifies Canada a quota spot in the event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Gauthier is a five-time World Champion in Paracanoe. The classification system has changed this year in preparation for the debut of Paracanoe at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Erica Scarff of Toronto, ON made strides by securing herself a spot in the final in the Women’s KL3 200m of Paracanoe. She finished third today in her semi-final at her first World Championships. Scarff will need to rank in the top six nations with representation from three continents to earn a Paralympic quota spot in tomorrow’s final. Able-body races start up tomorrow in Milan and competition runs through to Sunday.
Summary of Results
|Christine Gauthier (Pointe-Claire, QC)
||Women's KL2 200m
||6th in final
|Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON)
||Women's KL3 200m
||3rd in semi-final; advanced to A-final
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