Nejca Žnidarčiča ni ustavilo niti zlomljeno rebro

Na Soči se je z vnovičnim slovenskim zmagoslavjem zaključilo člansko evropsko prvenstvo v spustu na divjih vodah. Nejc Žnidarčič je osvojil naslov evropskega prvaka v sprintu na divjih vodah, Anže Urankar je bil drugi, kajakaš Tim Novak in kanuist Blaž Cof sta zasedla četrti mesti, evropski prvak v klasičnem spustu Simon Oven pa je bil tokrat peti.

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Even broken ribs did not stop Nejc Žnidarčič to win another European Champion title

The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Bovec, Slovenia, concluded with individual and team sprint events. Local wildwater canoeing star Nejc Žnidarčič claimed European Champion title in men’s kayak final despite the injury. Mathilde Rosa (ITA), Tony Debray (FRA), Cecilia Panato (ITA) and Tony Debray – Louis Lapointe (FRA) also won European Champion titles in sprint.

 

Even broken ribs did not stop Nejc Žnidarčič to win another European Champion title
Nejc Žnidarčič is a well-known name in wildwater canoeing community. 35-year-old Slovenian kayaker has already won several European and World Champion titles in the past decade. He had high goals for this year’s European Championships on his favourite river, where he learned to paddle. But injury almost prevented him to start at the Championships. Because of broken ribs he decided not to start at classic events earlier this week, but beign the favourite in sprint, he decided to give it a try. He competed with the help of painkillers, but in Saturday’s final he produced such good run, that is looked he is in top shape.
“It was a chaotic week. I trained the whole year for this championships and a day before the race I injured myself. I was able to paddle with a help of painkillers, because the pain was not so bad as in the first two days. I had a superb run today, it would be difficult to repeat it. Everything was perfect. The best things is when you win at home, and I managed to do it on Soča River for the second time,” said newly crowned European Champion in men’s K1 Nejc Žnidarčič. He was also sprint European Champion in 2013 when Soča previously hosted the ECA European Championships.
Anže Urankar, another Slovenian favourite, picked up silver medal, being almost two seconds behind his teammate. French kayaker Hugues Moret was third to prevent a total Slovenian celebration. Namely, another two Slovenian finalists in this event, Tim Novak and Simon Oven, finished the race in fourth and fifth place.
Italian team won two European Champion titles in individual sprint events. Kayaker Mathilde Rosa, who was second in classic race (only 0.02 seconds behind the winner) turned the clock in her favour this time to win the race 0.04 seconds ahead of Swiss paddler Melanie Mathys, who beat her in the classic race. Martina Satkova from Czech Republic was third in women’s kayak final.
The second win of the day came in women’s canoe final where Cecilia Panato won her second European Champion title of the Championships. After classic race she produced the best time in sprint as well. Marie Nemcova from Czech Republic picked up silver medal and Elsa Gaubert from France was third.
It was an excellent day in the Soča Valley for French canoeists Tony Debray and Louis Lapointe. First they occupied first and second place in men’s canoe final and later won the European Champion title in men’s C2 event. Vladimir Slanina from Czech Republic finished third in C1, while Stephane Santamaria – Quentin Dazeur (FRA) and Daniel Suchanek – Ondrej Rolenc (CZE) joined Debray and Lapointe on the winner’s podium in men’s C2 event.
After the individual events competitors started in sprint team events. Czech Republic with Martina Satkova, Anežka Paloudova and Barbora Dimovovoa won the European Champion title ahead of Italian and French team in women’s kayak race. French representatives Tony Debray, Louis Lapointe and Stephane Santamaria were the fastest team in men’s C1 race. Czech Republic was second and Croatia third in this event. In the final team event of the championships – men’s kayak race – Italian team with Francesco Ciotoli, Andrea Bernardi and Leonardo Pontarollo celebrated the European Champion title ahead of Czech Republic and France.

 

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Satkova, Rolenc, Oven, Panato and Santamaria-Dazeur the fastest in sprint heats

Friday’s programme of the 2019 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Championships in Slovenia brought wildwater sprint heats. Martina Satkova (CZE), Ondrej Rolenc (CZE), Simon Oven (SLO), Cecilia Panato (ITA) and Stephane Santamaria – Quentin Dazeur (FRA) produced the fastest times in today’s races.

Satkova, Rolenc, Oven, Panato and Santamaria-Dazeur the fastest in sprint heats

Martina Satkova who excelled at last year’s world championships in Switzerland had big problems in Wednesday’s classic race of European Championships in Soča Valley and was surprisingly outside the medals position. In sprint she did not allow any more surprises. She secured herself a spot in Saturday’s kayak final already with her first run where she was the fastest. Satkova finished the race 0.89 seconds ahead of her teammate Barbora Dimovova, while Lise Vinet from France won the third place.
Czech team had another athlete at the top of the results list after the heats. Ondrej Rolenc finished the technically difficult course on the Soča River 0.70 seconds faster than Italian canoeist Mattia Quintarelli. French representative Tony Debray produced the third fastest time.
In men’s kayak event Simon Oven, current European Champion in classic race, showed great form in sprint too. It took him 58.23 seconds to complete the course on the emerald river. He was 0.62 seconds faster than French kayaker Hugues Moret and 0.66 seconds faster than another Slovenian paddler Nejc Žnidarčič. Slovenian kayaker Žnidarčič was considered the main favourite in this event before the championships. The best Slovenian Wildwater paddler battled an injury this week and cracked rib forced him to withdraw from the classic race and in sprint heats he started with a help of painkillers.
Like in men’s kayak also in women’s canoe sprint heats winner of the classic race produced the best time. Cecilia Panato from Italy was 1,72 seconds faster than Marie Nemcova from Czech Republic and 3,37 seconds faster than Martina Satkova.
French crews Stephane Santamaria – Quentin Dazeur and Tony Debray – Louis Lapointe were the strongest in men’s C2 heats, while Czech duo Daniel Suchanek – Ondrej Rolenc finished the heats in third position. In this event great names of canoe slalom started as well. Three times Olympic Champions (2000, 2004, 2008) Peter and Pavol Hochschorner from Slovakia were fourth in the heats, while their compatriots Peter and Ladislav Škantar (2016 Olympic Champions) secured themselves a place in the final with their second run.
On Saturday the 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships will conclude with individual and team sprint finals. The individual race is scheduled for 10:00 and team event for 15:00.

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Kajakaši odlični v sprinterskih kvalifikacijah EP na Soči

Predzadnji dan evropskega prvenstva v spustu na divjih vodah v Trnovem ob Soči so se tekmovalke in tekmovalci pomerili v kvalifikacijah sprinta na divjih vodah. Slovenski kajakaši, ki so že pred prvenstvom v tej divjevodaški disciplini veljali za glavne favorite, so vlogo upravičili. Simon Oven je v kvalifikacijah postavil najboljši čas, Nejc Žnidarčič je bil tretji, Anže Urankar pa četrti. V finalu bosta veslala še kanuist Blaž Cof in kajakaš Tim Novak.

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Czech Republic showed no mercy on Soča River

Paddlers of Czech team were the absolute winners of the second competition day of the 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Slovenian Soča Valley. They have won European Champion titles in all three team classic races – men’s kayak and canoe, and women’s kayak events.

 

Czech Republic showed no mercy on Soča River
Martina Satkova, Anežka Paloudova and Klara Hricova produced an excellent run in women’s kayak classic team event to win the European Champion title on Soča River. Czech paddlers were more than 20 seconds faster than any other team on the start of this event.  Silver medal in women’s kayak classic race went to France thanks to Lise Vinet, Charlene Le Corvaisier and Phenicia Dupras. German representatives Alke Overbeck, Janina Pisakowski and Lisa Koestle picked up bronze medal.
Similar scenario was seen in men’s canoe classic team race. Czech canoeists Ondrej Rolenc, Vladimir Slanina and Marek Rygel were considered favourites before the race and they did not let down their fans. French team with Tony Debray, Louis Lapointe and Stephane Santamaria crossed the finish line with 15 seconds slower time to win the silver medal, while Croatian team with Emil Milihram, Ivan Tolić and Igor Gojić won bronze medal in this event.
The final team race of the day was the most stressful. Men’s Czech kayak team did win at the end, but Slovenians were only 3.20 seconds behind. Adam Satke, Karel Slepica and Kamil Mružek won the third gold medal of the day for Czech Republic. Simon Oven, Anže Urankar and Tim Novak won the fourth medal of the championships at their home course for Slovenia, while Italy with Francesco Ciotoli, Andrea Bernardi and Nicolo Razeto won bronze medal.
The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Bovec will continue on Friday with Wildwater Sprint Canoeing heats, which will start at 10:00 local time.

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Double Slovenian win in men’s kayak, two medals for Paloudova

The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Soča Valley, Slovenia, started with individual classic race. Slovenian kayakers recorded a double win in men’s event thanks to Simon Oven and Anže Urankar. Melanie Matyhs is the new European Champion in women’s kayak event, Emil Milihram was the fastest in men’s canoe race and Cecilia Panato won in women’s canoe event. Anežka Paloudova picked up two medals, she was third in women’s kayak and canoe races.

Double Slovenian win in men's kayak, two medals for Paloudova

 

Slovenian kayaker Simon Oven was considered one of the main favourites for the win in the first race of the championships – individual classic event. As a reigning World Champion in classic from last year he expressed a goal to win a gold medal on Soča River prior to the championships. The pressure did not get to him and he produced a superb run, crossing the finish line eleven and half seconds faster than his opponents.
“In the upper part where the river is not so wild, I had a plan to ‘kill myself’, and to continue with more finesse in the more challenging part of the course. I almost lost too much energy in the upper part, but I suffered through the technical part of the course, and it worked out,” said Simon Oven.
Silver medal also stayed in Slovenia thanks to Anže Urankar, who is a sprint specialist and also 2017 Wildwater Sprint World Champion, while Adam Satke from Czech Republic won bronze medal.
In women’s classic race Melanie Mathys from Switzerland won the European Champion title. She was only 0.02 seconds faster than Italian paddler Mathilde Rosa. Anežka Paloudova from Czech Republic was third. World Champion Martina Satkova was very fast on the course and was in a firm lead until the big mistake which resulted in the capsize, so she lost a lot of time there and the chances for medal were gone.
Croatian canoeist Emil Milihram, multiple World Champion in classic race, produced the best time in men’s C1 race. Ondrej Rolenc from Czech Republic was 7.20 seconds behind to win a silver medal, while Slovenian canoeist Blaž Cof won bronze medal.
Italian team celebrated the European Champion title in women’s canoe event. Cecilia Panato, daughter of wildwater canoeing legend Vladi Panato, stopped the clock 15 seconds faster than Czech paddler Martina Satkova. Anežka Paloudova won her second bronze medal of the day in this event.
Unfortunately the men’s C2 race was not official one, because there were not enough nations on the start line. The Spanish duo could not start in C2 race because of the injury Spanish paddler suffered in kayak race. Competitors in this event started, but will not be awarded official European Championships medals. Daniel Suchanek – Ondrej Rolenc (CZE) finished the race in front of two French crews Stephane Santamaria – Quentin Dazeur and Tony Debray – Louis Lapointe.
On Thursday European Championships will continue with Team Classic Races.

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Na Soči mešanica izkušenj in mladosti

Pred vrati je prvo člansko evropsko prvenstvo v tej sezoni, ki ga bodo gostile soške brzice. V Trnovem ob Soči bomo ta teden stiskali pesti tako za naše izkušene reprezentante, kot tudi za mlade tekmovalke in tekmovalce, ki bodo na domačem prvenstvu dobili priložnost za nabiranje izkušenj.

V kajakaški ekipi bodo tako najvišja mesta napadali Nejc Žnidarčič, Simon Oven, Anže Urankar in Tim Novak, med kanuisti pa se bo za kolajne potegoval Blaž Cof. Ker prvenstvo gosti Slovenija, bodo priložnost nastopa dobili tudi nekateri člani mladinske in U23 ekipe, med njimi kajakašice Lea Novak, Živa Jančar in Ana Šteblaj ter kanuisti Martin Gale, Maj Oštrbenk in Nejc Gradišek.

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The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Soča Valley starts tomorrow

The wait is almost over. We are only one day away of the first major international canoeing competition of the year 2019 and the first ECA European Championships this season. The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships will kick off tomorrow with opening ceremony in Bovec, Slovenia.

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