It seemed that the actual coronavirus situation would not allow the canoe slalom events to distribute the major medals this year. However, after the successful meeting of the ECA and the Prague organisers it was agreed that the cancelled European canoe slalom championships moves from London to Prague – Troja. It will happen on 18 – 20 September 2020 instead of the planned ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup.
'I would bet the gold medal will stay home,' said current European Champion Vít Přindiš while smiling at his team mate Jiří Prskavec before the World Cup series final. He was not wrong! Straight line, short turnes, no touches – that was a flawless run of Prskavec. Czech kayaker won a final and ruled overall World Cup series. Right behind the finish line he put his hands up on the head, created a shape of half rounds as monkeys do and celebrated.
The best twenty male canoeists and female kayakers faced Saturday morning (7) the semifinal runs in Prague - Troja. The fastest performance by Benjamin Savšek of Slovenia and Jessica Fox Australia. Second Alexander Slavkovský and Eva Tercelj. Third were two British representatives Adam Burgess and Mallory Franklin.
Male canoists (C1M) and female kayakers (K1W) fought for the semifinal sessions. The winner of the first qualification became Brit Ryan Westley, kayakers 'were ruled' by Kateřina Kudějová from the Czech Republic. In total 55 canoeists took part in a two-round qualification. First twenty of them ensured a direct advance to the Saturday´s semifinal. Among the successful ones was the Czech duo Vojtěch Heger and Tomáš Rak.