Updates: 11.04.2021 16:08
Varese (Italy) – Rowers Ondřej Synek and Jakub Podrazil will not continue their efforts to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo on a double skiff after the failure of the European Championships. The son returns to the skiff, where he already won a place for the Czech Republic at the World Championships in 2019 at the Olympics, which was to take place last year.
“The European Championship was our first test, which unfortunately failed at all. Physically, I think we were fine, but the boat just didn’t go. We fought with ourselves rather than our opponents. We were not able to ride them at the track pace at all. , “Synek said in a press release of the Sport Invest agency, which represents him.
Sonek agreed to work with Podrazil before the start of last season, but in the end they did not present themselves in any race. A number of events were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, after which they could not start at the autumn ME due to Synka’s health problems.
“We are very sorry that it did not happen, but it is also a sport. Therefore, we will not even go to the qualification for the Olympic Games, we end up in this composition. Unfortunately, we did not come close to that at all, unqualified crews ended up in front of us, “said Synek, who took 11th place overall with Podrazil.
Even before the European Championships, they both talked about the fact that in order for it to be important to continue the joint project and there is a real chance that they can qualify for Tokyo afterwards, they should advance to final A. However, the rowers of Prague’s Dukla did not even come close. In the semifinals, thirteen seconds separated them from the progress.
“I will return to prepare for the skiff and try to prepare as best I can for the next World Cup races. We said these conditions more than a year ago, Cuba accepted it and right after the race he decided that there was no point in continuing like this. I want to thank him very much for cooperation, without him the training would be much more difficult, especially during the covid, “said the five-time world champion.
Again on the skiff, Synek could theoretically introduce himself at the turn of April and May in Zagreb, where the first World Cup will take place. The second is on the program from May 21 to 23 in Lucerne. “I hope that the return to the skiff will be fine. The winter training went without major downtime, I will try to settle back on it as soon as possible,” added the 38-year-old rower.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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