The Spanish sprint canoeing team, following their stellar performance at the previous World Championships in Halifax (Canada), completed another spectacular participation at the European Championships in Munich, certified with a cataract of medals yesterday.
Despite presenting a team without some great banners and even with B boats, the Spanish team was the hero at the Bavarian capital’s Olympic regatta center, only to be surpassed on occasion by the mighty teams of Germany and Hungary.
Under the impetus of the canoeists, the whole weekend filled with enthusiasm, Spain finished its appearance at these European Championships with five gold, seven silver and three bronze, including two podiums in Paracano.
A prize that complements the Halifax World Cup played earlier in the month, in which Spain topped the medal tally with four gold, two silver and two bronze for the first time in history. Paris 2024 appears on the horizon with optimism and reasonable hopes given the tremendous potential that exists.
Already on the first day of competition, Spain started the harvest with Maria Corbera’s gold from Madrid in the C1 500, silver in K4 1.00 and bronze in K2 1.000, and on Saturday Pablo Grana added second place in the C1 200.
Yesterday came the festival, in which the gold came from the canoe. Joan Antoine Moreno and the Galician Adrian Ciero, in the C2 200, Antia Jacom, in the C1 200 and Maria Corbera, in the C1 5,000, starred in two exhibitions, allowing them to win their finals with great authority. Galician Jácome retaliated with the victory he achieved with Maria Corbera in the C2 200, after losing by only 52 thousandths to Giada Bragato and Bianca Negi of Hungary.
To party Corbera meets his splendid Europeans. In the previous race, the C1 5,000, she was once again irresistible and nearly a minute ahead of German Annika Loske and 1:01 ahead of Ukrainian Lyudmila Babak. According to the Efe report, the canoeists from Aranjuez ended the competition with two golds and one silver.
Paco Cubelos and igo Peña added a new medal to their account and the national team with silver in the K2 1,000 (Germans Martin Hiller and Tamas Grossmann won). Antony Segura and Sete Benavides took another second in their case in the C2 200, behind Poles Aleksandr Kitewski and Arsene Sliwinsky; And Walter Bouzan only won in the K1 1,000 against a whole institution like Portuguese Fernando Pimenta. Bronze went to Isabel Contreras, who placed third in a groundbreaking final in the K1 1,000, in which she climbed the podium with less than a tenth advantage over Croatian Anamaria Govorsinovi; As well as for Eva Barrios in the K1 5,000. Paracano contributed to Juan Antonio Valle’s victory in the KL3 200 and Higinio Rivero’s silver in the VL2 200.