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Sylvania native fails to qualify for whitewater kayaking semifinals

Parsons finishes 16th, one spot out of making it to next round


Scott Parsons, a St. John's Jesuit graduate, seen in a practice run in London, missed a chance to advance in the men's slalom kayak competition at the London Games.


St. John's Jesuit High School graduate Scott Parsons saw his dreams of capturing a medal in men's whitewater kayaking end on Sunday at the London Olympics.

Parsons finished 16th in the preliminaries of men's slalom kayak (K1) and failed to advance to the semifinals.

Parsons, who grew up in Sylvania, was unable to advance past Sunday's heats. The three-time Olympian posted his best time of 94.6 seconds in the first run of the day.

The time was good for 13th in the heat, but Parsons was unable to improve upon it in the second run and three paddlers passed him up.

He finished just one spot out of the final qualifying slot. The top 15 boats in the men's K1 advanced to Wednesday's semifinals.

Penalties for missing a gate and hitting another cost Parsons a shot at a medal.

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