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Maialen Chourraut, Laia Sorribes and Olatz Arregui give Spain their first World Cup medal

Maialen Chourraut.  Source: Rfepiraguismo

The Spanish K1 women’s team won the silver medal and came very close to the gold medal of the Australian team led by Jessica Fox.

The Spanish women’s patrol K1 made it on day 1 Olympic Slalom World Championships the silver medal thanks to an exceptional descent that culminated in second place in the World Championships and the medal that hung around his neck at the end of the day.

The three-time Olympic medalist, Maialen Chourraut She is the real leader of this national team that has gathered at the Lee Valey Olympic track in London to take part in this World Championship, which will also award the places for the next Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

Laia Sorribes And Olatz Araregui.  Source: Rfep

The San Sebastian native’s leadership is reflected in the British track and field field, which she has known so well since she won her first Olympic bronze medal in 2012. Maialen was the one who ended the relegation of the Spanish K1 and who, a few minutes before relegation, gave peace of mind to her teammates. The 18 gates that made up the course were passed almost perfectly by the three paddlers, who only incurred a penalty once (Gate A15), which ultimately prevented them from winning gold. They were just 0.29 seconds behind the Australians, led by the Fox sisters. The British completed the podium in third place, only 11 thousandths behind the Spanish trio consisting of Maialen, Laia Sorribes and Olatz Araregui.

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The women’s C1 was very close to the podium. The team consists of Nuria Vilarrubla, Klara Olazábal and Miren Lazkano You touched the podium. They finished in fourth place, just 30 thousandths behind the bronze medal achieved by Slovenia. The gold went to Great Britain and the silver to the Czech Republic. In addition, the Spanish C1’s relegation was very good. Proof of this is that in the second part of the round the Spaniards were leading the standings with a lead of 20 thousandths, but a contact at gate 15 prevented them from progressing on the podium. In fact, without this hit on the post, the Spanish trio would have won silver.

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The two teams were unlucky in the men’s category. In C1, Miquel Travé, Daniel Pérez and Luis Fernández They were responsible for defending Spain’s colors in this test, but after a good first half of the race, hopes of a good placing in the second half faded. They reached the finish line more than eight seconds behind the winners, the French, and with a touchdown on the final goal of the route. Silver and bronze went to Great Britain and Italy. They finished the competition in ninth place.

Neither does he K1 male He was able to fight for the medals only because he had to move back two doors to avoid missing two more 50-second penalties. The eight-plus seconds two of our paddlers lost climbing up those doors were a mountain for them. They crossed the finish line without any penalties, but Miquel Travé, Pau Etxaniz and David Llorente were more than nine seconds behind the favorite trio from the Czech Republic. The French came second and the Poles third.

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