Paul Wycherley has levelled his race-off for London 2012 selection with reigning Olympic canoe sprint champion Tim Brabants by bettering Brabants' finish at the World Cup in Poland.
Wycherley has qualified for the final of the K1 1,000m sprint, while rival Brabants went out in the semi-final.
At last month's British national trials, Brabants won by 0.03 seconds.
The deciding head-to-head will be at Duisburg, Germany in the second World Cup of the season in a week's time.
Under the terms of the race-off, Wycherley does not need to win the K1 1,000m final in Poznan, but has levelled the series by securing a better finish than Brabants.
Brabants won gold in the 1,000m and bronze in the 500m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but Wycherley beat him last summer to earn the right to compete at the 2011 World Championships.