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Monday, August 22, 2011
U.S. kayakers must wait to qualify for 2012

By ESPN.com

The United States will have to wait for the 2011 World Championships and the 2011 Pan American Games to qualify boats for the London Games.

No U.S. athletes qualified at the ICF Sprint World Championships this weekend, but only the U.S. Men's K4 boat has been eliminated for 2012.

Two-time Olympian Carrie Johnson finished eighth in the women's K1 200m B final on Sunday, finishing 1.85 seconds behind first place.

Ryan Dolan and Tim Hornsby placed seventh in the men's K2 200m C final.

After winning a silver medal on Friday, Krisztina Zur nearly doubled her haul, finishing fourth in the women's K1 5000m final. She finished 34.75 seconds behind the winner in the non-Olympic event.

"I know that each of the athletes and coaches have put forth their best effort to qualify the U.S. Olympic quota slots at this first chance qualifier, but it just wasn't meant to be this weekend," national teams director William Irving said in a statement released by USA Canoe/Kayak.

"All of the athletes and coaches will now focus all of their attention to the Pan American Games in October and the last chance Olympic qualifier. We have good athletes in this program that are capable of qualifying Olympic slots. It's now up to those athletes to stay focused these next two months and get the job done at the Pan Ams."

Team USA can send 10 kayakers (six men and four women) and one canoe athlete to the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 14-30. It is unknown which athletes will attend.