Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The Slovakian team of twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner had the best time after two runs of the canoe double competition Wednesday at the Beijing Olympics.
The Hochschorners are two-time defending Olympic champions in this event and will try to make it three straight golds when the semifinal and final runs take place on Thursday.
The Slovakians came in with a combined time of 186.73 seconds to finish 1.83 seconds ahead of the second-place French team of Cedric Forgit and Martin Braud.
Americans Rick Powell and Casey Eichfeld finished 11th out of 12 teams and failed to qualify for Thursday's competition.
Slovakia is also leading the women's kayak single after the first two runs as Elena Kaliska came in first with a total time of 186.19 seconds. China's Li Jingjing came in next at 187.56 seconds.
Heather Corrie of the United States finished 10th with a time of 211.31 seconds and will try for a medal on Thursday.
08/13 11:49:35 ET