Updates: 05.05.2021 11:14
Ivrea (Italy) / Prague – The Czech water slalom skiers will have their first top race of the Olympic season from Thursday to Sunday. At the European Championships in Ivree, Italy, they will defend three titles from last year’s championship in Prague, from which just over seven months have passed. At that time, Jiří Prskavec and Kateřina Minařík Kudějová and canoeist Gabriela Satková triumphed in Troja. In total, the Czechs gained six precious metals during the postponed European Championships.
The fifth European title will be attacked by the reigning world champion Sparkler, whose main goal is the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It will have to cope with the specific conditions in Italy. “The track is not completely familiar to me. I’m here for the first time, but I arrived two weeks in advance and drove something here. so the water is unstable and very fast. But at the same time I really enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to the race and I hope that the result will look like that, “he said in a press release of the association. Other kayakers Vít Přindiš and Vavřinec Hradilek will also have medal ambitions.
Like Prskavec, Minařík Kudějová is preparing for Tokyo. In the meantime, however, he will have to deal with the local variable water. “It’s not even possible to come up with a track in advance and expect it to be so. My goal is to keep my eyes open and be able to adapt to the water so that the ride is as smooth and fast as possible in the given situation. When it comes out, it could be nice location, “said the 2015 world champion.
Canoeist Tereza Fišerová surprisingly lost to Satková at the European Championships last year, but even silver secured her an Olympic participation. The 23-year-old competitor has four medals from major senior events in her collection, but she is missing gold. “I really like the channel. It’s physically demanding, at the top you have to read the water properly and start the right combinations, at the bottom there are quite heavy cylinders that need to be slipped correctly. My goal is not medal-based, I want to enjoy the race and show off 100% performance, “she presented her prospects before the European Championships.
Canoeist Lukáš Rohan, who was second in Prague, sees the race as a check before the Olympic premiere. “On the other hand, it is the first peak of this year’s busy season, when we will have the European Championships, the Olympics and the World Championships in five months, so I want to show myself in a good light,” he said.
The qualifications of kayakers will take place on Thursday, the qualifications will be canoeed on Friday and the medals in the patrol races will be distributed in the afternoon. Saturday will belong to the semifinals and finals of the kayak categories, on Sunday the same thing awaits canoeists. In addition, for the first time at Sunday, the European Championships will host competitions in extreme slalom, which will be the new Olympic discipline in Paris in 2024.
Nomination of the Czech Republic for the European Championships in water slalom:
K1: Jiří Prskavec, Vít Přindiš, Vavřinec Hradilek.
C1: Lukáš Rohan, Vojtěch Heger, Václav Chaloupka.
K1: Kateřina Minařík Kudějová, Veronika Vojtová, Antonie Galušková.
C1: Tereza Fiserova, Gabriela Satkova, Tereza Kneblova.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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