The opening fell unfortunately into the water: Due to the bad weather, the opening of the third ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Markkleeberg, which was opened today, had to be canceled. Chef organizer Christoph Kirsten regrets this very much, but in the sense of the health of the athletes this was the best decision. The last training sessions are over, the organization team is ready and everything is looking at the weather forecast for the coming days. Behind the scenes is still working on the last subtleties.
“The preparations are going well, the team has been found and the Kanupark is ready for the competition day. We are very pleased to welcome the athletes here.”
Even if a big rain cloud is hanging over Markkleeberg, European champion from 2015 and Olympic Champion Maialen Chourraut is looking forward to the competitions in the Kanupark “My training did not go so well, but I like the track and hope it will be better in the next few days. Just have fun!”.
The Czech pair Jonáš Kašpar and Marek Šindler are leading the current World Cup ranking after their success in Prague and silver in Augsburg with 115 points. They take a 10-point lead before the team from France, the Olympics of Rio, Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche, into the third race. The Germans Robert Behling and Thomas Becker currently ranked third.
The C1 Ladies currently have Mallory Franklin (GBR) in front of spanish woman Klara Olazabal and Leipzig’s Lena Stöcklin.
Vít Přindiš from the Czech Republic is the only one who win gold in both World Cups. 120 points, the optimum, he already has in his account. Jiří Prskavec, his team-mate and Olympic Champion, is second. Behind him, Sebastian Schubert from Hamm came in third.
The victory in Augsburg brought Ricarda Funk (GER) to the top position at the World Cup stand. Both in Prague and Augsburg, Mallory Franklin paddled constantly at the last World Cups and is currently second overall. Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova is third.
The Augsburg Sideris Tasiadis and Slovakia Matej Beňuš are currently on the top of the line with 115 points. Franz Anton would like to use his home advantage this weekend. With 92 points he is ranked third and is looking forward to the support of the fans.
The current World Cup ranking you can find here: