15-year-old Brazil kayaker qualifies for Olympics


SAO PAULO (AP) -- A 15-year-old Brazilian has earned a spot in the women's kayak slalom at the London Olympics.

Ana Satila Vieira Vargas secured her place at the games with a victory at an event in the southern city of Foz do Iguacu on Saturday.

Vargas, who will turn 16 on Tuesday, beat Canadian pair Jessica Groenveld and Thea Froelich in her K1 race.

Vargas is trained by Ettore Ivaldi, an Italian who was hired recently by the Brazilian canoeing confederation to prepare the team for the Olympics.