- WW CANOEING
Bovec 17. - 19. 6. 2011 | Ljubljana 24. - 26. 6. 2011
Divja voda, čisti užitek
Wild water, pure joy
|Gold for Novak, silver for Debeljak and bronze for Brus|
The last day of Junior World Championships in Wildwater Canoeing that was held in Opava, Czech Republic, brought many reasons to celebrate for Slovenian team. At individual sprint race Ajda Novak won in women’s kayak event, while Vid Debeljak and Simon Brus finished second and third in men’s kayak event.
Slovenian junior team will surely have nice memories of Junior Wildwater Canoeing World Championships. The last day of the competition in Opava Slovenian team members won three individual medals in sprint. Ajda Novak won a gold medal in women’s kayak event. She was more than a second and a half faster than Melanie Mathys of Switzerland. Klara Padourova of Czech Republic was third. Besides Novak three other Slovenian competitors also took part in individual competition. Anja Kancler, who was second in individual classic race in women’s canoe, finished 12th, Neža Vrevc was 17th and Tonka Kadilnik 24th.
A huge success for Slovenia came with kayakers Vid Debeljak and Simon Brus who already won a team gold medal in sprint event. They did not reach the top position this time. Vid Debeljak was second and missed a gold medal for only eight hundreds of a second. Simon Brus was third and was 45 hundreds of a second behind winner Andrej Malek. The remaining two Slovenians paddled well too - both finishing among top 10 competitors. Rok Markočič was eighth and Simon Oven ninth.
In men’s canoe event Luka Žganjar was the best Slovenian. Žganjar, third placed from classic race, finished fifth in sprint race. In the top ten finished also Andrej Črepinšek who was ninth. Žiga Taljat was 20th and Jure Kljun 25th. Antoine Demateis of France won, Vladimir Slanima of Czech Republic was second and another Frenchman Anthony Ruiz was third.
In women’s canoe event only Slovenian representative Anja Kancler finished in fourth place. Marjolaine Hecquet of France won in front of Eliška Čapakova of Czech Republic, while another Czech paddler Denisa Foltysova was third.
In men’s C2 event Slovenia did not have a representative. Doubles Ruiz-Pazat and Hanryon-Crette both from France won gold and silver medal while Czech duo Suchanek-Jilek was third.