Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures for today’s racing at the 2012 Oceania Slalom Championships at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Sunday.
- Australia’s K1 paddlers have Olympic glory on their minds when they will contest the event here Sunday, but also national pride: no Australian has won the event since 2008 when Warwick Draper claimed the title.
- Draper has won the event twice, in 2006 and 2008, with two bronze medals as well in 2005 and 2007.
- Australia’s Anthony Brown is the next most successful in the event, with a complete set of medals.
- Five previous winners of the event will contest the semifinal: Draper, New Zealand’s Mike Dawson (2007), Italy’s Daniele Molmenti (2010), Switzerland’s Michael Kurt (2011) and Czech Republic’s Vavrinec Hradilek (2009).
- Switzerland’s Kurt is the oldest winner of the event, at almost 31 years, while Dawson was the youngest, at just over 20 years.
- Australia has claimed 11 of the 21 medals awarded in the event since 2005: three gold, three silver and five bronze. Czech Republic (1-2-0) and New Zealand (1-1-1) are the next most successful.
- The Women’s C2 has only been contested twice, with a relatively short international history.
- Australia’s Jessica Fox has claimed both Oceania titles in 2010 and 2011.
- Five of the six medals so far have been claimed by Oceania nations, with Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova the odd one out, claiming silver in 2010.
- Fox was 15 years and 255 days when she won her first event in 2010.
- Australia’s Lachlan Milne and Mark Bellofiore owned this event for the first three years, winning from 2006-2008, but failed to make the semifinal this year.
- Cousins Peter and Ladislav Skantar of Slovakia are trying for their second victory after winning in 2010.
- New Zealand is the only other winner with Andrew Robinson and Bryden Nicholas winning in 2009.
- Australia has the best record in the event (3-1-1), with New Zealand (1-3-1) ahead of Slovakia (1-1-0) and Great Britain (0-0-1).