Update: 21.08.2022 13:01
Munich – In Munich, canoeist Martin Fuksa became the European champion on the 500 meter track and won the eleventh continental title in his career. He dominated the non-Olympic discipline for the eighth time and defended his victory from last year’s championship in Poznań.
The twenty-nine-year-old Czech representative was the main favorite of the race. Halfway through the course he was in second place, but at 400 meters he moved to the front and cruised to a commanding victory. Despite a missed finish, when he raised his hand before the finish line, he beat the second Serghei Tarnovschy from Moldova by almost a second.
He suspected that the Moldovan canoeist would go forward after the start. “Last year he did exactly the same thing. I tried to keep my pace, which I have learned, and plus or minus 200 meters to the end to pick it up. Which I did and gradually started to pass him. I think that about a hundred meters before the finish line I went in front of him and that gave me tremendous strength. In the last few meters I already knew it would work, so I was smiling and enjoying it at the finish line. I raised my hand and I was really happy,” Fuksa described the course of the race. Romanian Catalin Chirila finished third, who was the only one to beat Fuksa in the kilometer on Saturday.
Since 2013, Fuksa has not lost in the 500 at the European Championship, if he has competed in it. “Yesterday, when I narrowly lost that kilometer, I thought to myself that I have to break it and I have to give a super performance. I won the European 500 for the eighth time in a row. I think it’s a decent streak of years. I’m glad that the last race of the season went so well and I won,” added the canoeist, who still has the exhibition Super Cup in Oklahoma waiting for him.
Kayaker Adéla Házová took seventh place in the kilometer. Deblkanoe Alžběta Veverková, Martina Malíková were eighth in the two hundred.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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