The men's K1 event began with heats today ©ICF

France’s Mathieu Desnos produced the fastest time of the men’s K1 heats to book a semi-final place at the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom Under-23 and Junior World Championships in Bratislava.

He finished the opening heat of the day in a time of 1min 24.06sec at the at Divoka Voda-Cunovo in Slovakia’s capital.

Desnos was followed by Germany’s Stefan Hengst and fellow Frenchman Pol Oulhen in the Under-23 event, the pair clocking 1:24.56 and 1:26.13 respectively.

Defending champion Jakub Grigar of Slovakia struggled during the heat, finishing in 11th position.

Having claimed one of the 30 qualification spots for the semi-final in the heat, the two-time world junior champion will be hoping for an improved performance.

"I didn’t really enjoy the run," Grigar said.

"I felt a little bit bad from the beginning until the end. I’m happy I made the semi-final, but hopefully it is going to be better on Friday."

The semi-final line-up was completed after the second heat, where 10 kayakers made the most of their second chance to advance.

Slovakia's Simona Glejtekova was among those in action on the second day of competition ©ICF
Slovakia's Simona Glejtekova was among those in action on the second day of competition ©ICF

Qualifying in the women’s under-23 C1 event also began today, with Austria’s Viktoria Folffhardt producing the fastest time, clocking 1:51.89.

She finished clear of two-time Olympic medallist  Jessica Fox after Australian picked up four penalties to finish on 1:53.57.

Britain’s Kimberley Woods rounded off the top three on 1:53.92.

In the junior events, the Czech Republic’s Tomas Lima achieved a clean time of 1:28.04 in the men’s competition.

He was followed by Austria’s Felix Oschmautz, who ended in 1:31.76

The Czech Republic’s Eva Rihova clocked 1:52.81 in the junior women’s C1 competition, with Poland’s Aleksandra Stach second in 1:55.13.