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Kayaker Michal Smolen places 5th in the Men's K-1 Slalom semifinals

Smolen finished 13th in the Men's Heat 1 round of the Men's Slalom and 19th in round 2 Wednesday.

TOKYO, Japan — Michal Smolen placed 5th in the men's K-1 Slalom semifinals Friday morning. 

Smolen had a total time of 96.61 in his first run and placed 22nd in the second run with a time of 102.03. 

During the semifinal run, Smolen finished with a time of 99.12 - putting him in 5th place. Smolen was just points away from the bronze medal finisher who finished with a time of 97.11. 

Smolen is from Charlotte, North Carolina and attends Belmont Abbey College. He trained for the Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The 27-year-old first competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, where he finished 12th in the Single Kayak (K1) competition.

Click here to watch Michal Smolen on NBCOlympics.com.

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Men's canoeing/kayaking schedule: 

  • Mens Whitewater Slalom K-1 Heats 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, July 28
  • Mens Slalom Semifinal & Final 1 a.m. EST Friday, July 30 
  • Mens C-2 1000m, moreHeats & Quarterfinals 8:30 p.m. EST Sunday, August 1
  • Mens K-1 1000m, more Semifinals 8:30 p.m. EST Monday, August 2
  • Mens K-2 1000m, more Heats & Quarterfinals 8:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, August 3

You can catch Michal competing in Tokyo, right here on WCNC Charlotte. Here's how and when you can watch all of the events.