Thompson focused on Slalom

23 Aug 2014

Thompson exits water after Sprint ©

CANOE/KAYAK: Slalom specialist, Angus Thompson, put in his best effort on Day 7 at the Lake Rowing and Canoeing Venue to finish 16th in the flatwater style K1 Sprint at the Youth Olympic Games.

“I did my best. I wasn’t planning on doing amazing in the sprint and I did as much as I could,” the Sydneysider said.

“I came 16th overall, which I am happy with and I made it through to the repechage. I am more than stoked with that.”

The 17-year-old went head to head with Poland in his first race of the day. Starting in opposite directions, each paddler had to go around a right hand turn first and cut back across to the other side, completing a figure of eight.

“I came up against the Polish guy ( Patryk Grzelka) who just missed out on the Top 8 so it was a pretty tough competition in my first go.”

Thompson finished the first race in just under two minutes and continued to improve throughout the day. In his second race he finished just behind the Alex Brent of Canada.

“He was pretty good and qualified 8th in the last race. He was long gone by the time I finished so it was good to see there is stiff competition out there.”

Despite being a slalom specialist, Thompson felt comfortable racing in the boat.

“I have been nervous previously, about getting in it, especially racing in it but I felt good. I was pretty steady the whole way. I felt like I could go my full potential. I was happy with it.”

Thompson, who finished 16th overall in his non preferred event, is looking forward to taking on those competitors who beat him today.

He can be confident about the taking these competitors on in the Obstacle Event on Day 10 of competition having beat other slalom specialists today.

After a long hot day, Thompson will rest over the next two days.

“This morning was really hot, you could really the heat when you were out on the water. But it has been fun.”

The St Ignatius College, Riverview student has enjoyed the Youth Olympic Games experience as well as the different sport format for Canoe/Kayak.

“It has definitely been a huge experience, especially being in the Youth Olympic Village, you get the difference in competition, which you don’t get anywhere else.”

On Tuesday, Thompson will be cheered on by Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox, who he trains alongside and also won the gold medal in Canoe/Kayak at the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010.

Frances Cordaro