First final race at the ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships 2018 in Prague brought two medals for domestic Czech teams in C2M category. Despite 2 seconds of penalties Jonáš Kašpar and Marek Šindler are Europe Champions, bronze medal goes to Ondřej Karlovský and Jakub Jáně. Robert Behling and Thomas Becker from Germany reached second place, less than one second behind winners.
K1: Ricarda Funk: “It was quite tough; the course is very tricky, especially in the middle part. I think for the semifinals I need to attack the course a little more. Of course I want to qualify into finals.”
C2: Ondřej Karlovský: „To be honest, I’m not satisfied very much with the performance. Kuba may agree with me. It didn’t slide so smooth on the water, it cost us a lot of power but finally we have qualified and that’s important.” Jakub Jáně: “First gates weren’t good and we couldn’t get into that. We need to deal with that.”
Live results: https://siwidata.com/canoelive/#/live/eca/1373
LIVE stream: https://www.youtube.com/CanoeEurope
The biggest Czech stars of the upcoming European Championships will fight for medals in category K1. Two guaranteed spots have Ondřej Tunka and Vít Přindiš, the last spot took triple European champion and Olympic medallist Jiří Prskavec. Who will win in Troja? Will the European champion be from the Czech Republic at all? We will find the answers by the end of this weekend.
European Championship can be opened by various ways. The opening ceremony of the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Prague surely belongs to the most successful in history. It was situated in the centre of the capital city, in Hybernia Theatre. The long-lasting applause at the end of the hourly show was the best proof of the fact that the screenwriters and participants of the performance did an amazing job.
Tuesday afternoon before the championships in Prague was traditionally dedicated to CEZ Prague Riverside Cross 2018. On Náplavka, we could have seen not only the athletes starting at the ECA European Championships but also Czech celebrities. The best of the bests was the cross country skier Lukáš Bauer.
The competition in this special event – biathlon joined together with canoe slalom was again under auspices of silver Olympic kayaker Vavřinec Hradilek.
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