Slovakian twins adavnce to semis in canoe doubles

London, England (Spvorts Network) - Slovakian twin brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorner got off to a good start in their push for a fourth consecutive gold medal in the men's double canoe event, posting the second-best time after two heats at the London Olympics.

The Hochschorners, who won their first Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, turned in a time of 97.52 seconds. France's team of Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche recorded the best time of the day, finishing the course at Lee Valley White Water Centre in 96.98 seconds.

Eight other teams advanaced to the semifinals, but not the United States, whose team of Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer finished in 12th place.

Fifteen women qualified for the semifinals in the kayak single with Spain's Maialen Chourraut, who is ranked No. 2 in the world, logging the best time at 98.75 seconds. Great Britain's Lizzie Neave was 0.17 seconds behind in second.

Caroline Queen of the U.S. failed to advance to the semis, finishing in 17th place.