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Czech and Slovenian paddlers take wins at ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup in Česke Budejovice

Czech and Slovenian paddlers take wins at ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup in Česke Budejovice 7.9.2021

Česke Budejovice hosted the traditional Czech Wildwater Sprint Canoeing Cup which also counted as the ECA European Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup. Czech and Slovenian paddlers won all the available medals over the two competition days.

Athletes from Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the competition in Česke Budejovice.
Kayaker Barbora Dimovova did not let anyone beat her in women's kayak sprint finals, taking two wins in two days. On Saturday Tereza Kneblova (CZE) and Ana Šteblaj (SLO) joined her on the winner's podium, while on Sunday Klara Vankova (CZE) and Tereza Kneblova finished in second and third position.
Men's kayak event was dominated by Slovenian paddlers. On Saturday, multiple European and World Champion Nejc Žnidarčič took the win ahead of this year's European Championships bronze medallist Anže Urankar, while Czech kayaker Adam Satke finished third. On Sunday Urankar won the race, and Nejc Žnidarčič and Tim Novak (all Slovenia) shared the second place as they crossed the finish line with exact same time.
In men's canoe Matej Vanek, Vladimir Slanina and Ondrej Rolenc won medals in the first race, while in the second race Vladimir Slanina produced the best time of the final. Ondrej Rolenc finished second and Antonin Haleš third (all CZE).
Tereza Kneblova was the winner of the first race in women's canoe. She finished the race almost two and a half seconds faster than Anna Retkova in second place, while Zuzana Dziadkova picked up bronze medal. Marie Nemcova won the second race ahead of Kneblova and Dziadkova (all CZE).
It was an all Czech podium also in men's C2 event on both competition days. Ondrej Rolenc - Daniel Suchanek were the winners of the first race, while Petr Vesely and Marek Rygel produced the fastest run on Sunday. Vesely and Rygel were second on Saturday and Matej Vanek and Karel Rasner picked up bronze medal. On Sunday, the silver medal went to Rolenc and Suchanek, and Antonin Haleš - Martin Novak occupied third place.
Athletes also competed in team events race. Antonin Haleš, Martin Novak and Vojtech Skorepa won men's C1 team race ahead of Vaclav Kristek - Filip Janu - Martin Kratochvil and Richard Strilka - Vojtech Maly - Dan Kosik. In women's kayak Marie Retkova - Anna Retkova - Tereza Kneblova won ahead of Kristina Novosadova - Tereza Kratochvilova - Karolina Paloudova and Slovenians Ana Šteblaj - Živa Jančar - Sara Globokar.
Looking at the individual results it was not surprising Nejc Žnidarčič - Anže Urankar - Tim Novak took the win in men's kayak team event. Mikulaš and Vojtech Zapletal together with Filip Novak finished in second position, and Jakub Gabrlik - Matyaš Novak - Vojtech Prochazka were third. Anna Retkova - Tereza Kneblova - Petra Štepnakova were the fastest in women's C1 team race. Valentyna Kočirova - Klara Kneblova - Magdalena Mala were second, Jana Strlikova - Klara Horova -  Pavla Jilkova finished third.
In the last team event - men's C2 race - Martin Novak, Antonin Haleš, Vaclav Švadlena, Adam Ondrych and Patrik Študlar won ahead of Michal Štastny - Šimon Jelinek - Vojtech Zapletal - Luboš Chlouba - Filip Jelinek and Radek Nemec - Ondrej Vesely - Miroslav Tatiček - Ondrej Rolenc - Matej Štastny.



Photo: Aleš Berka/ČSK