Canoeing Slalom: Final Spots Awarded After European Slalom Championship

Four nations booked their spot to the Olympics at the 2016 European Canoe Slalom Championship. The highest ranked eligible boat from each of the four Olympic events qualified their nation to the Olympics. The format of the championship included a first heat run where the top boats qualified to the semi-final and a second heat run where the top 10 unqualified boats qualified to the semi-final. The semi-final run had the top 10 qualify to the finals. The European Canoe Slalom Championship was held in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia from May 13th to May 15th 2016.

In the men’s C1 Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek won the first heat in a perfect run with a time of 95.50. The second heat was won by Poland’s Grzegorz Hedwig whom finished with a time of 97.44. The semi-final was won by Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis with a time of 99.79. Since only one eligible boat qualified to the final Spain’s Ander Elosegi automatically qualified his nation to the Olympics. The final was won by Slovakia’s Alexander Slafkovsky with a time of 99.87. His compatriot Michal Martikan and Elosegi finished with the silver and bronze medal respectively with a time of 101.66 and 102.56 respectively.

The men’s K1 was topped by Slovakia’s Jakub Grigar whom won the first heat with a time of 88.51. The second heat was won by Germany’s Paul Boeckelmann whom finished with a time of 91.23. The semi-final was won by Poland’s Maciej Okreglak whom finished with a time of 93.98. Since no one whom reached the final was eligible to qualify to the Olympics the Olympic quota went to 14th place finisher Maarten Hermans of the Netherlands. The event was won by Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic whom defeated his compatriot Vavrinec Hradilek by 0.01 as he finished with a time of 91.44. Germany’s Hannes Aigner won the bronze with a time of 92.91.

In the women’s K1 Germany’s Jasmin Schornberg won the first heat with a time of 100.27. The second heat was won by Austria’s Corinna Kuhnle whom recovered from missing a gate during the first run and finished with a time of 98.45. The semi-final was won by Italy’s Stefanie Horn 105.04. Since no eligible boat reached the final the Olympic quota was won by 22nd place finisher Viktoriia Us of the Ukraine. The event was won by Germany’s Melanie Pfeifer whom finished with a time of 108.86. Slovenia’s Ursa Kragelj and Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova won the silver and bronze medal respectively with a time of 109.44 and 111.13 respectively.

The men’s C2 was topped by Poland’s Michal Wiercioch and Grzegorz Majerczak whom won the first heat with a time of 103.28. The second heat was won by Poland’s Piotr Szczepanski and Marcin Pochwala whom finished with a time of 104.50. The semi-final was won by Slovenia’s Luka Bozic and Saso Taljat whom finished with a time of 112.81. No eligible boat reached the final thus the Olympic quota went to 13th place Lukas Werro and Simon Werro of Switzerland. The event was won by Slovakia’s Tomas Kucera and Jan Batik whom finished with a time of 110.70. Bozic and Taljat and Germany’s David Schroeder and Nico Bettge won the silver and bronze medal respectively with a time of 111.16 and 113.23 respectively.

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in slalom canoeing. However, there are still opportunities to qualify through the sprint canoeing events with two more continental qualifiers still to go.

 

Boats by Nations

  • Netherlands – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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