16 September 2015

Michal Martikán (SVK) is aiming to claim a record-equalling fifth world title when the C1M gets underway on Thursday 16th September at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in London.

WIth a super strong line up in men's single paddled event the 36-year-old Slovakian is likely to be hard pushed to add his golds from 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2007, and match the efforts of Jon Lugbill's (USA) five.

However, with 10 medals (G4-S3-B3) Martikán already is the most decorated athlete in this event at the world championships. David Hearn (USA) is next with seven medals (G2-S5).

Martikán will be 36 years and 125 days old on the day of the final. He can become the oldest medallist in men's C1 at the world championships since Hearn in 1995.

Hearn was 36 years and 139 days old when he claimed gold in this event in Nottingham 20 years ago.

Coming in these championships, Martikán has won 11 gold medals in total at the world championships (all events), which is only topped by Lugbill's 12.

Matej Benuš (SVK), who claimed the 2015 overall world cup title, can become the second multi-medallist in men's C1 from Slovakia after Martikán.

Benuš took bronze in this event in 2011. Sideris Tasiadis (GER), who took silver in men's C1 at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is hoping to become the first world champion from Germany in this event since Martin Lang (GER) in 1993.

Benjamin Savsek (SLO), silver medallist in 2014 and bronze medallist in 2013, can hand Slovenia its first ever world title in men's C1.

Savsek can become the fourth athlete to complete the medal set in this event after Martikán, Manfred Schubert (GDR) and Robin Bell (AUS). Savsek has already claimed silver (2014) and bronze (2013).

Canoe Slalom