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Zur advances to semifinals in flatwater kayak

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - American Rami Zur finished sixth in his qualifying heat in the men's kayak 1000m singles event Monday at the Olympics, thus advancing to the semifinals.

The 31-year-old Zur, in his second Olympics, finished in a time of 3 minutes, 38.693 seconds, which was well off he pace of 3:29.622 set by Adam von Koeverden of Canada, the bronze medalist four years ago.

European and world champion Tim Brabants of Great Britain won his heat in a time of 3:27.828. It was the top time among the three heats with defending Olympic champion Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway winning his race. The winners of each heat advanced directly to the final. The semifinals are Wednesday and the final is Friday.

In the men's canoe 1000m singles, 2004 bronze medalist and reigning world champion Attila Sandor Vajda of Hungary had the best time of 3:55.319, advancing straight to the final. David Cal of Spain, the Athens gold medalist, won his heat and went straight to the final, as did Vadim Menkov of Uzbekistan. Andreas Dittmer of Germany, the 2000 gold medalist, was second in his heat and will race in the semifinals on Wednesday.

In the women's four-boat 500m kayak heats, Germany, the defending gold medalists, had the top qualifying heat in 1:33.912 and moved straight to Friday's final. Also advancing to the final were China, South Africa, Hungary, Poland and Australia. Canada, Spain, Italy and Japan were relegated to the semifinals, to be contested on Wednesday.

World champions Cyrille Carre and Philippe Colin of France are through to the final of the men's 1000m doubles kayak event after a heat time of 3:18.968, a third-place finish. Germany and Hungary had the top boats in the heats.

The German duo of Christian Gille and Thomasz Wylenzek, the 2005 and '07 world champions, won their heat in qualifying heats of the men's 1000m canoe doubles race.

In the men's kayak 1000m fours event, Hungary, the two-time defending gold medalists, moved to the final by finishing its heat in second place behind Germany. The Hungarian team of Marton Sik, Istvan Bee, Akos Verecki and Gabor Bozsik were .094 seconds behind the Germans.

08/18 06:38:40 ET