The Spanish team secured the two K1 places in both men and women for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris this Saturday on the fifth day of competition of the Olympic Slalom World Championships, which will be held in the Lee Channel Valley of London Spain will have six boats at next summer’s event.
After winning the two C1 places for Paris on Friday, the national team added the two K1 places this Saturday. There will be four boats in both the men’s and women’s categories, a total of kayak and canoe, to which must be added two more participants in the new Olympic category of kayak-cross.
In the women’s category, Laia Sorribes and Maialen Chourraut, three-time Olympic medalists, faced off in the K1 semifinals this Saturday. The Catalan tried, but three errors in gates 6, 12 and 13 prevented her from reaching the final, finishing twenty-third overall.
For her part, the Basque athlete – gold in Rio 2016, silver in Tokyo 2020 and bronze in London 2012 – achieved the best time in the second section of the descent, but had a problem with the paddle touching the bottom of the canal, which weighed on him during the descent . He also touched gate 17 and was unable to come back, bowing out with a fifteenth place finish, a position that still gave Spain the place in Paris. In the final, Australian Jessica Fox stood at the top of the podium.
In the men’s event, Pau Echaniz reached the final after an exceptional relegation without a goal error, which saw him finish ninth in the semi-final, while David Llorente of Segovia bowed out with a twenty-first place after touching the third gate.
In the final, Echaniz came eighth after a competition without mistakes – only tenth place, Slovakian Kauzer, received a 52 second penalty – and in which Briton Joseph Clarke was crowned.
This Sunday is the last day of competition when it will be the turn of the kayak cross, which begins with the time trials that allow access to the final rounds.