Slalom showdown lights up the Spanish Pyrenees
Maialen Chourraut (ESP, K1W) and the duo of Pierre-Antoine Tillard and Edern Ruyet (FRA, C2M) both broke the 100-second barrier to secure gold in their respective classes as the second of five 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups concluded in the Spanish Pyrenees.
For Chourraut it was a day of threes as she celebrated her daughters third birthday and secured her third world cup victory in La Seu D'Urgell in front of a partisan home crowd.
“I have had a tough week, I was so nervous,” said the 33-year-old Olympic bronze medallist.
“I am pleased to have won, it’s special to win in front of a home support. It was tough under the bridge, I practice there a lot but it's always difficult.”
Crossing the line you could hear the knowing-cheer from the crowd as they realised their star had put down a near untouchable time.
22-year-old Jessica Fox (AUS) took a well-earned silver and will be pleased to be back on the podium in the Olympic class for the second week in a row.
Ricarda Funk (GER) added a bronze to her K1W gold at last weeks event and is on equal points with Fox (110) in the overall standings of the world cup series as it hops over the pyrenees to Pau.
In the C2M France’s Tillard and Ruyet started fifth and ended first with a blistering and faultless run that stopped-the-clock at 99.53.
The pair was the only crew to duck under the 100-second barrier and they were suitably pleased with their efforts.
"We did very well today, we wanted to have a clean run and we delivered. In the semifinal we had a solid run but the boat did not move as fast as we wanted, especially out of the upstream gates. So we pushed harder in the final."
"Next week is in Pau, in front of our home crowd. I won there last year in C1 so hopefully I will win in C2 this year," said Tillard.
Spain’s Daniel Marzo and Jesus Perez collected silver to win their nations fourth medal (2G, 2S).
Meanwhile, the German duo of David Schroeder and Nico Bettge took the third podium step.
The series now moves to Pau, France from the 17-19 June for the third in a series of five 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups.
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Maialen Chourraut (ESP) 99.61
Jessica Fox (AUS) 101.73 / +2.12
Ricarda Funk (GER) (2) 103.71 / +4.10
Pierre-Antoine Tillard and Edern Ruyet (FRA) 99.53
Daniel Marzo and Jesus Perez (ESP) 102.07 / +2.54
David Schroeder and Nico Bettge(GER) 103.76 / +4.23