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Beijing Olympics 2008

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13 August 2008

Mixed fortunes for Loughborough canoeists

Heather CorrieLoughborough student Heather Corrie has qualified for tomorrow’s canoe slalom semi finals while a missed gate for graduate Fiona Pennie means her Olympic journey is over.

Competing for the USA Corrie will progress to the next round after finishing in 12th position, 12.99 seconds behind top ranked Elena Kaliska of Slovenia.

However Pennie is out of the competition after a missed gate on her first run cost her a shot at the semi-finals. The British athlete was hit with a 50-point penalty for the transgression, at gate 16. The judges decided she had not completely cleared the gate, and the subsequent penalty left the 25-year-old in 19th place going into run two.

A determined paddle saw Pennie record a time of 99.00 seconds for her second run, the seventh fastest of that session, but it was not enough to earn her a place in Thursday’s semi-final.

“After training for four years to get here, it’s pretty heart-breaking to be honest,” she said. “It’s been a great experience, but I wish I could have experienced more tomorrow (in the semi-final).

“The fifty-second penalty was a killer. It was a unanimous decision by all three judges. On the first run all our coaches thought it was in, and in our video it looked it, but I guess that’s the way sport goes.”

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