Slovenian men's K1 wildwater canoeing team was unbeatable during the ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Cup in Banja Luka. In the sprint event they proved to be one of the strongest nations in this canoeing discipline taking the first 7(!) places. They were even more motivated as this race was also the first selection race for the Slovenian national team. Croats were the best in men’s canoe – Igor Gojić was the fastest in sprint race and Emil Milihram in classic event. Athletes from six nations took part in the race organised in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the venue which is set to host this year’s Wildwater canoeing World Championships.
Read more: Slovenian team dominates ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Cup in Banja Luka
44th edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon brought great racing and intense fights for the top positions in all but pleasant conditions with strong winds and rain. It was European Canoe Marathon champion José Ramalho (POR) who took the win in men’s 24 kilometres event. Lizzie Broughton (GBR) was the fastest in women’s 14 kilometres race and her compatriots Christopher Carson and Emma Russell took the wins in their respective junior categories. Esther Van Lohuizen (NED) and Torben Thomsen (DEN) were the best in master’s events.
Read more: Ramalho wins in Amsterdam
Reigning European Wildwater Sprint Canoeing Champion Nejc Žnidarčič turned into a superhero for a day. He made a promotional video for a new boat which he helped design after he realized his boat could be even faster. “I got in touch with the manufacturer, presented him my ideas and he agreed we start to design a new model,” explained Žnidarčič who has more than 20 medals from European and World Championships. The boat itself will not be completely new since they have derived from the old one. But the new one is improved and has some elements which will help him in the chase for new medals, “Sprint races are now organised on more difficult and shorter courses, therefore we added extra volume in the bow, so you can easily slide through the waves, and we took off some volume in the stern, so the bigger waves would not stop it.”The presentation of the new model was a spectacular one with special video featuring Nejc Žnidarčič in the role of a superhero. “Nowadays marketing is crucial even though you have a good product, so the manufacturer cooperated with one of the biggest marketing companies in Italy and they made this video. We shot the scenes on a lake near Treviso. The team was very professional, it consisted of 12 people who took care of every detail and the result is this excellent product,” Žnidarčič concluded.
The picturesque surroundings of the Matka Canyon in Skopje, FYROM, hosted the first ECA Wildwater sprint European Cup event of the season 2016. Paddlers from nine countries who were in Skopje also for the development training camp and Ikas canoe slalom competition took part in this event.On the venue which in 2014 hosted ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships Bosnian paddler Darko Savić produced the best time in men’s kayak event to secure himself the first gold medal of the year. He was 2.14 seconds faster than his strongest opponent Boris Dujmić (CRO), while Marko Marijanović (SRB) finished third.
Read more: Darko Savić wins the first ECA Wildwater Sprint European Cup race of the season
This year wildwater canoeing paddlers will have an opportunity to start at two ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cups. The first race will take place in Skopje, FYROM, and the second in Augsburg, GER.
All the information on the competitions is listed below.
2016 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup – race 1
2016 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup – race 2
Read more: 2016 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cups to be held in Skopje and Augsburg
The 2016 European Canoe Marathon Championships will take place in Pontevedra, Spain.
Date: June 29 - July 3, 2016
Official event website: http://piraguismo.pontevedra.gal/en
For more information please refer to the Bulletin (here).
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European Canoe Slalom Seniors ChampionshipsMay 12 - 15, 2016Liptovsky Mikulas, SVK
European Canoe Freestyle ChampionshipsMay 25 - 29, 2016 Plattling, GER
European Canoe Sprint Seniors ChampionshipsJune 24 - 26, 2016Moscow, RUS
European Canoe Marathon ChampionshipsJuly 1 - 3, 2016Pontevedra, ESP
European Canoe Sprint Juniors & U23 ChampionshipsJuly 14 - 17, 2016Plovdiv, BUL
Eca Junior Wildwater ChampionshipsJuly 20 - 24, 2016Predlitz Mur, AUT
European Canoe Slalom Juniors & U23 ChampionshipsAugust 25 - 28, 2016Solkan, SLO
European Canoe Ocean Racing ChampionshipsSeptember 22, 2016Cagliari - Sardegnia, ITA
ECA Paracanoe Championships informationJune 24 - 26, 2016Moscow, RUS
Classification for Paracanoe European Championships 2016
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