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.
The biggest challenges of the season are ahead of the Czech Canoe Slalom Team. At the end of this week they will be competing at ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague. Later this month, they will be fighting for the titles at the world championships and the Olympic qualification´s spots in Spain. Jiří Prskavec, Vít Přindiš and Amálie Hilgertová revealed their ambitious at today´s press conference.
In Prague – Troja the competition week started already on Wednesday (4 Sep) with the Extreme canoe slalom trials of the World Championships in extreme canoe slalom. Complete quartet of the Czech paddlers qualified for the further competition. The fastest time in the qualification was performed by Polina Mukhgaleeva and Pedro Goncalves.
Next special challenge for our paddlers coming to the ICF World Cup in Prague. The Riverside Cross Prague competition attracted the sport stars for the sixth time already last Tuesday (3). Competitors needed to fight with the water of Vltava River as well as to show their kills while throwing in the polo gate. The winners became in the K1 women´s category Luuka Jones of New Zealand, Pepe Gonçalves of Brasil among men´s K1, and Vojta Heger of the Czech Republic in C1 men.
The traditional Paddleride has already become a great invitation for the upcoming major sport event in Prague – Troja in upcoming weekend. This year, it starte don Monday 2 september from the boathouse in Troja going through the centre of Prague up to Kampa island. More than 60 participants took part in this year´s tour.