Illustrative photo – European Speed Canoe Championships, men – C1 200m final, 20 August 2022 in Munich. Petr Fuksa from the Czech Republic.
Kraków – None of the four Czech speed canoeists won a direct advance to the final of the 200m course at the European Games in Krakow today. Canoeists Petr Fuksa, Denisa Řáhová and kayakers Jakub Zavřel and Adéla Házová will compete in the afternoon semi-finals. Aneta Brabcová and František Smetana finished fourth in mixed team air rifle shooting.
The closest to the final was the fourth Fuks. The best three advanced straight from the heat, the Czech representative needed to be 17 hundredths of a second faster. Ráhová finished sixth, Házová seventh and Zavřel advanced from eighth place thanks to time.
In the afternoon final block, brothers Martin and Petr Fuks on C2, double canoeists Řáhová, Martina Malíková and four-kayak Anežka Paloudová, Házová, Kateřina Zárubová, Barbora Betlachová will strive for medals in the 500m. championship.
Shooters Brabcová and Smetana were fourth in air rifle
Aneta Brabcová and František Smetana finished fourth in mixed team air rifle shooting at the European Games in Krakow. In the fight for the bronze medals, they lost to the Italians Danilo Sollazz and Sofia Ceccarello 8:16.
The Czech pair advanced from the qualification from fourth place, leaving the Swiss behind by one tenth of a point thanks to a successful final series. Lucie Brázdová and Jiří Přívratský finished seventh.
In the medal duel of Smetana and Brabcová, they led 4:2, but the next six series belonged to their opponents. The Czech team only managed to reduce it to 8:14.
The 30-year-old Brabcová defended her bronze medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, where she finished third in this Olympic discipline together with Filip Nepejchal. With the twenty-five-year-old Smetana, they were also third at the World Cup in Baku this May.