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RIO DE JANEIRO - Giovanni DE GENNARO (ITA) posted the fastest time in the men's K1 heats as top-ranked paddler Lucien DELFOUR (AUS) protested a missed gate which cost him a semifinal spot in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games canoe slalom competition
On a wind-affected first day of canoe slalom action at Whitewater Stadium on Sunday, DELFOUR was already under pressure after slipping to 13th place in the first round. And the Australian was effectively dumped out of the Olympic Games when handed a 50-second time penalty for missing gate 20 near the end of his second run....Read more
David Florence (GBR) gave himself an early birthday present by posting a cracking time in the first round of the C1 slalom Rio, signalling once again that he is a genuine Olympic medal contender.
Florence turns 34 on Monday, and on Tuesday he’ll set out to earn himself the one thing no-one else can give him – his first ever gold medal.
Florence won silver in the C1 in Beijing in 2008, and for those who thought his best might be behind him, his first run in the C1 heats would have been a rude awakening for the doubters.
And Florence doesn’t understand why...Read more
Lucien Delfour (AUS) knew he had to pull off something special if he was to keep his K1 slalom Olympic dream alive, and when he crossed the line after his second run he thought he’d done it.
But in a split second his dream became a nightmare. Officials had ruled he missed a gate, and the 50 second penalty meant his Olympic debut was over.
“I’m disappointed and shocked,” Delfour said after the race.
“I crossed the finish line and though I’d done a good run. But then I saw the 50 second penalty, and I didn’t know where it came from. I didn’t know which...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO - Jiri PRSKAVEC (CZE) will aim to give Czech Republic its first gold medal in a men's canoe slalom event, as he participates in the kayak (K1) men's competition which starts on 7 August at Whitewater Stadium.
- Jiri PRSKAVEC (CZE) is the current world and European champion and he can give Czech Republic its first gold medal in the men's K1.
- Vavrinec HRADILEK (CZE) claimed Czech Republic's only medal so far in this event as he grabbed silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- The only athlete representing Czech Republic ...Read more