29 Sep 2018

Jones into world champs final

11:42 am on 29 September 2018

New Zealand kayaker Luuka Jones has qualified for the K1 final at the canoe slalom world championships in Brazil, after a brilliant semifinal run.

Luuka Jones on her way to second in the women's C1 final at the Oceania canoe slalom championships.

Kiwi canoe slalom star Luuka Jones. Photo: Supplied

Jones, an Olympic silver medalist at the same Rio de Janeiro course two years ago, clocked a clean 105.87secs for her run, good enough to qualify third-fastest.

A number of top paddlers fell by the wayside on a tough course, including Olympic gold medalist Maialen Chourraut (Spain), who missed a late gate and incurred a 50 second penalty, and 2015 world champion Katerina Kudejova (Czech Republic).

Jones was just was 1.69 seconds behind world No 1 Ricarda Funk (Germany), while Slovenia's Ursa Kragelj was second fastest, just 0.42 seconds back.

The women's final will be just after midnight on Saturday (NZ time), with Jones following that with the semifinal of the women's C1.

New Zealand men's paddler Mike Dawson has also made the semifinals of the K1, set to go on Sunday morning.