Ksenia Kurach of Russia won the 2018 women's C1 500m title in Portugal ©ICF

Ksenia Kurach kept her C1 500 metres world title defence on track by qualifying quickest for the final on day two of the international Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged.

The Russian triumphed in Portugal 12 months ago and was the star of the show in the semi-finals, clocking 2min 08.65sec to reach tomorrow's final at the Maty-ér racecourse in Hungary.

Gulbakhor Fayzieva of Uzbekistan was second in 2:09.29, with Hungarian Giada Bragato finishing third in 2:09.91

Romania's Stefanica Ursu won her semi-final in 2:09.85 as third fastest into the final, with Magda Stanny of Poland and Croatian Vanesa Tot also making the A final.

Stanny clocked 2:10.85 as Tot progressed with a time of 2:11.01.

Men's 2018 K1 500m runner-up Thomas Liebscher of Germany will target world glory tomorrow after booking his place in the final.

Liebscher finished second behind Hungarian Bence Dombvári to qualify for the final in 1:36.65, as Dombvári won their semi-final in 1:36.41.

Australian Thomas Green was quickest into the final, winning his semi-final in 1:35.86.

Steffi Kriegerstein and Jasmin Fritz of Germany won their semi-final in the women's K2 500m to qualify fastest for the World Championship final.

The duo, bronze medallists 12 months ago, finished in 1:36.61 to progress ahead of Špela Ponomarenko Janić and Anja Osterman of Slovenia in 1:37.79.

Maryna Litvinchuk and Volha Khudzenka from Belarus split the boats as the second fastest pair into Saturday's (August 24) final, clocking 1:36.78 to win their semi-final.

Italian brothers Sergiu and Nicolae Craciun won the men's C1 500m semi-final to book their place in tomorrow's final in 1:40.72.