World Cup race wide open heading into final weekend

Double points on offer for the final ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of 2018 has thrown the race for this year’s titles, with even the all-conquering Jessica Fox from Australia not a certainty for final glory.

Fox has won all five women’s C1 world cup titles this year, to open up a 66 point lead over Austria’s Viktoria Wolffhardt. But with 120 points available to this weekend’s winning in Le Seu, Spain, the race is not over.

Likewise in the K1, where Fox was beaten into silver for the first time last weekend, her lead of 42 points over another Austrian, Corinna Kuhnle, will provide an exciting finish on Sunday.

Kuhnle is the only athlete to have bettered Fox this season. Ricarda Funk, the German who dominated K1 racing last season, is currently 53 points behind Fox and not out of the race for the overall World Cup title.

The men’s competitions are wide open, with Slovakia’s Alexander Slafkovsky leading the C1 charge after four consecutive silver medals in 2018.

Slafkovsky has 220 points, with 2017 World Cup winner, Sideris Tasiadis of Germany, second on 204 points. Slovenia’s Luka Bozic is third on 162 points.

In the men’s K1, Czech Jiri Prskavec has not won a world cup this year, but has been rewarded for consistency with 204 points and a 42-point lead over Poland’s Daruisz Popiela and France’s Mathieu Biazizzo.

Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer on 159 is within touching distance, while 2016 Rio gold medallist, Joseph Clarke, who sat out last weekend’s fourth World Cup, is on 154 points.

The World Cup final begins in Le Seu on Friday, and runs through until Sunday. The ICF 2018 Canoe Slalom World Championships will be held in Rio from September 25.

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