Flash Quotes: Canoe Single (C1) Men: BENUS (SVK)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Comments from top-ranked Men's C1 paddler Matej BENUS (SVK) after training at the Whitewater Stadium in Deodoro X-Park on Wednesday.


On the absence of two other high-ranked Slovakian C1 paddlers from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:

"The journey has been hard because we have a lot of good C1s in our country.

"It is has been difficult to fight against Michal MARTIKAN (SVK) but there is not only Michal, there is another top C1 paddler Alexander SLAFKOVSKY (SVK) in our selection. There were three Slovaks in the top four or five of the (C1) world rankings so that was pretty difficult."

On missing home:

"I miss my family a lot because I have two young sons and my wife so it's difficult for me to be a long time away from home. I have spent a lot of time in Rio this year."

On his hopes for Rio 2016:

"I had only five races this year so it's pretty difficult for me (but) this is a dream and winning the gold medal would mean everything."

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