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Sunday, September 11, 2011
U.S. clinches second spot in London

By ESPN.com

Scott Parsons earned an Olympic spot for the United States in men's kayak at the 2011 ICF Slalom World Championships on Sunday.

Two-time Olympian Parsons finished 15th in the semifinals and 11th among nations. While he earned the U.S. a boat in London, Parsons did not advance to the final round in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Parsons was knocked out of the top 10 and the final because of a two-second touch penalty on an early gate.

"I'm disappointed with the touch on my run, for sure. But I'm glad that we have the slot for the Olympics and I can focus on making the Olympic team," Parsons said, according to USA Canoe/Kayak.

The athlete to fill that boat at the Olympics will be determined by performances at the 2012 U.S. Olympic team trials and the first stop on the 2012 ICF Slalom World Cup tour.

"Our men's kayak program not only qualified the Olympic position but proved they are capable of achieving great performances in London," USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi said.

"Today was a good day for our program."

American Brett Heyl finished in 19th place with a clean run.

Carolina Queen qualified the United States in women's kayak on Friday.

Casey Eichfeld nearly earned a third Olympic slot for the U.S. in men's canoe, as he turned in the 11th best finish among countries. The top 10 nations earn Olympic slots.

The 2008 Olympian in double canoe was kept out of the final because of a four penalty seconds he was assessed.