Australia qualified in first place for Friday's women's K2 final in Szeged ©Paddle Australia

Jo Brigden-Jones and Jaime Roberts of Australia booked their place in the women's K2 200 metres final on the opening day of the International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged.

The duo pipped Mexican pair Brenda Gutierrez and Beatriz Briones to the semi-final victory with just the top three progressing to the final at the Maty-ér racecourse in Hungary.

Brigden-Jones and Roberts crossed the line in 37.10sec with their Mexican rivals just 0.05 behind.

Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Shubina and Yuliya Borzova joined them in the final, securing third place in 37.39.

Ivan Shtyl and Alexander Kovalenko of Russia qualified fastest for the men's C2 200m final.

They won the first of two semi-finals in 35.85.

Belarusians Hleb Saladukha and Dzianis Makhlai and Chinese pair Jiabin Xu and Longkui Wang clocked 36.77 and 36.99, respectively, to join them in Friday's (August 23) final.

The second semi-final was won by Uzbekistan duo Artur Guliev and Elyorjon Mamadaliev in 36.11.

Hosts Hungary qualified for the final with David Korisanszky and Robert Mike finishing second in 36.96.

They are joined in the final by third place Croatians Marko Jelkic and Petar Ivic, who clocked 37.67.

Bulgaria progressed to the men's K4 1,000m final with a commanding victory in the semi-finals.

Hristo Rekov, Veselin Vulchov, Radoslav Stefanov and Todor Kolevski clocked 2min 53.61sec to progress to the final.

They will be joined by the Czech Republic and Ukrainian teams after they crossed in 2:55.94 and 2:56.69 to claim second and third places, respectively.