Butcher makes canoe slalom finals

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Central Otago Whitewater Club president Gordon Rayner said Butcher gave a strong performance at the Canoe Slalom Under-23 World Championships in Ivrea. Butcher was the only New Zealand athlete to advance into the finals, and was just .04sec off third place. “Finn was the first competitor down the steep whitewater course .. in the final and laid down a solid, clean run and was in first place after the next four competitors made errors in front of the large crowd of locals and supporters.” The event had been New Zealand’s most successful under-23 and junior championships to date with eight of the 16-member Kiwi team making the semifinal rounds, he said.