Fraker advances in Olympic whitewater slalom
Benn Fraker on Monday came back from an early penalty in his first run at Beijing's Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park to complete a stellar second run in the Beijing Olympics whitewater slalom. Fraker finished 10th in the C-1 category with a combined time of 179.44, which was good enough to return to competition later in the week.
Fraker won the Junior Pre-Worlds in 2005, is coached by world champion Cathy Hearn and her brother, three-time Olympian Davey Hearn.
U.S. teammate Scott Parons had a fast 84.91 on his first run, but missed a gate late in his second run and suffered a 50-second penalty that eliminated him from the upcoming semifinals. His combined time was 220.4, which dropped him to 20th place; only the top 15 advance.
Parsons is ranked ninth in the world in the kayak slalom. Beijing was the second Olympics competition for Parsons, who finished sixth at the 2004 Athens Games.
Here is a link to a blog by David Yarborough, executive director of USA Canoe/Kayak.
-- Greg Johnson
Photo: Benn Fraker of the U.S. paddles during Olympic competition at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing on Monday. Credit: Frank May / European Pressphoto Agency