First two Olympic events came to the conclusion on Saturday in La Seu d’Urgell at the Canoe Slalom World Championships. Gold medals went to the representatives of France and Slovenia.
Men’s canoe event was won by Cedric Joly as the Frenchmen had no penalties in his final run, when he achieved the time of 90,84 sec. He was 0,51 sec faster than the home crowd’s favorite, Ander Elosegi, who took the silver medal. Slovenian Luka Bozic swam the course in a better time, but due to one pole touch he was penalized with two seconds, falling down to third position with 1,08 sec of loss to the winner. That left Slovakia with no medal as Alexander Slafkovsky was fourth, despite a clear run.
Except these four nations all finalists’ countries achieved the Olympic quota (this is Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada and Poland), as well as Ireland, Croatia and Czech Republic, whose athletes were classified highest in the semifinal among those, who didn’t advance to the top 10.
As the women’s kayak quotas has already been distributed after the heats, the “only” stake of the Saturday’s runs were World Championships medals. It finished with the gold for Slovenia as Eva Tercelj had the best time of the competition. Silver was taken by Australian Jessica Fox with 0,42 sec of loss to the Slovenian while bronze medalist, Luuka Jones from New Zealand was 0,50 sec slower than the winner. All of the medalists finished the course with no penalties.