Czech Republic dominates day two of Wildwater titles

The Czech Republic has dominated the team events on day two of competition at the ICF Wildwater Junior and U23 World Championships in Austria.

Czech teams won five of the eight titles on offer on Austria’s Murau River, with France winning two events and Germany the remaining gold medal.

The Czech combination of Klara Hricova, Barbora Dimovova and Karolina Paloudov took gold in the K1 women’s junior team classic race, finishing ahead of Belgium’s Joke Plas, Lea Guban and Hanna Plas.

The Czechs were back on the top of the podium in the women’s K1 U23 team classic, sisters Martina and Gabriela Satkova joining Barbora Bayerova to finish ahead of France’s Phenica Dupras, Lise Vinet and Marion Leriche.

The Satkova’s also teamed up with Karolina Paloudova to win the women’s C1 U23 team classic, ahead of Italian sisters Cecilia and Alice Panato and Valentina Razzauti.

In the C1 men’s U23 it was the Czech combination of Vladimir Slanina, Michal Smoldas and Vaclav Kristek who took the gold, with Italy’s Mattia Quintarelli, Paolo Razzauti and Giorgio Dell’agostino finishing second.

The final Czech gold medal came in the men’s C2 U23 classic, with Italy taking the silver and Croatia the bronze.

France’s gold medals came in the men’s C1 and K1 junior team events. Theo Galet, Mathis Perreau and Theau Le Loch won the C1 event ahead of Czechs Vojtech Skorepa, Matej Ruffer and Vojtech Klima.

In the K1 it was Titouan Ropers, Augustin Reboul and Gael De Brye finishing ahead of Germany’s Marcel Blum, Ben Langenbeck and Simon Puttkammer.

Germany took the gold medal in the K1 men’s U23, Nico and Marcel Paufler joining Finn Hartstein to take the honours ahead of Italy’s Federico Urbani, Andrea Bernardi and Francesco Ciotoli.

The 2017 ICF Wildwater Junior and U23 World Championships continues on Friday. 

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