Dylan Littlehales qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s kayak single 200m – KL3 event on Thursday 2nd September at Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Littlehales, aged 22 and competing at his second Paralympics came into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a clear focus on medaling.
In the qualification race, there were two heats and with one athlete progressing directly through to the final with the other athletes progressing through to the semi-finals Littlehales wanted to put down a marker but also gain valuable time on the course ahead of a medal charge.
Littlehales clocked a time of 41.428 seconds, which positioned him second in his heat behind Russian Paralympic Committee athlete Leonid Krylov, 1.110 seconds ahead of Littlehales. Littlehales time overall was third fastest across the 14 strong field, and as the two winners from the heats progress directly through to the final, Littlehales is the fastest qualifier going into the semi-finals.
That semi-final will take place on Friday 3rd September at 11.19 (AEST), Littlehales will be looking to secure a top three sport to gain a medal race birth which follows later that day at 12.44 (AEST).