The Spanish women’s K1 secured place for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, despite Maialen Chourraut and Laia Sorribes They have been eliminated from the kayak final (K1) of the Slalom World Championships, which will take place this Saturday in Lee Valley, United Kingdom.
Chourraut (Donostia, 1983), who won the first of his three Olympic medals at this stage with bronze at London 2012, before winning gold at Rio 2016 and silver at Tokyo 2020, completed the Fifteenth place in the semi-finals with a time of 109.23, 7.10 behind Australia’s Jessica Fox (102.13).
Second place went to the German Ricarda Funk (103.50) and the third for the New Zealander Luke Jones (104.01). The Catalan Laia smiles finished twenty-fifth (126.05)
Chourraut and Sorribes won the team silver medal with Olatz Arregui on the 19th.
In the men’s category it is Pau Echaniz from Donostia qualified for the K1 final of the Canoeing World Championships this Saturday after finishing ninth in the semifinals It also secured a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
With a time of 95.96, Echániz took the lead at the start of the race, initially only surpassed by the Pole. Mateusz Polaczyk (95.74), team bronze at this World Cup and finally eighth, and then by the British Joseph Clarke, Olympic champion in Rio 2016 and team silver at the 2022 World Cup in Augsburg (Germany), who achieved the best time (90.96).
The subsequent performances of the Czech Jiri Prskavec (92.70), the Italian Giovanni De Gennaro (94.26), the Swiss Martin Dougoud (94.56) and the Moroccan Mathis Soudi (95.15) left Echániz out of the top 5 “ out, albeit in ninth place. It earned him a ticket to this afternoon’s final and to next year’s games.
Echániz (Donostia, 2001) won gold in the K1 team competition at this year’s European Games in Krakow David Llorente 2019 Vice World Champion who finished twenty-first today with a time of 97.80 and had no chance to fight for the title.