Ireland’s unluckiest competitor at the last Olympic Games; Eoin Rheinisch took the first step to overcoming his Bejing heartbreak with an excellent start in the heats of the men’s K1 slalom.
Rheinisch was one of Ireland’s top performers four years ago when he was cruelly denied a kayaking medal in the closing stages, finishing fourth, and he booked his place in the London semi-finals at Lee Valley today.
The Kildare man’s first run was secured a place in the top 15 and Wednesday’s semi-finals. Rheinisch’s time of 91.97seconds was later improved to 89.97 after an mistaken penalty was removed by the officials.
His second a little slower but that first effort put him in 12th place in the overall standings. Germany’s Hannes Aigner was the afternoon’s fastest qualifier in 83.49 seconds.
“It’s nice to be stress-free and through on the first run,” Rheinisch told Will Downing afterwards.
“I knew the first run was probably good enough so I feel relieved and lucky that that was the case this time around. It’s always nice to go up into your second run not feeling that immense pressure that you haven’t done it in your first run.”