Illustration photo – Speed canoeists Martin (right) and Petr Fuks pose at a press conference on the plans for the season, May 4, 2023, Prague.
Kraków – Brothers Martin and Petr Fuks won the heat of the 500 meters at the European Games in Poland and advanced straight to Thursday's final. Today in Krakow, where the races are also a European championship, the other Czech crews will complete the semi-final races in the afternoon. Iveta Miculyčová advanced to Thursday's freestyle BMX final, where she will defend the title of continental champion.
Brothers Martin and Petr Fuks won the heat of the 500 meters at the European Games in Poland and went straight to Thursday's final. The other Czech crews today in Krakow, where the races are also the European championship, had to complete the semi-final races in the afternoon.
In the seven-man race, the Fuchs won ahead of the home boat and the Germans, and the Italians, Spaniards and Lithuanians secured direct advancement from the first race.
The men's four-kayak consisting of Jakub Špicar, Jakub Brabec, Jakub Zavřel, Radek Šlouf missed the final by 134 thousandths that separated it from the third Italians. In the afternoon semi-finals, however, the women's four-kayak team Anežka Paloudová, Kateřina Zárubová, Barbora Betlachová, Adéla Házová and double canoeists Denisa Řáhová and Martina Malíková secured their place. The double kayaks Šlouf, Brabec and Zárubová, Betlachová finished in the semi-finals.
Defending champion Miculyčová advanced to the final in freestyle BMX at the EC
Iveta Miculyčová advanced to Thursday's freestyle BMX final at the European Games in Poland, where she will defend the title of continental champion. In today's qualification for the Olympic park discipline, a 17-year-old cyclist took fourth place, and Kateřina Jalůvková also made her way from eighth position among the twelve finalists. The Czech Republic will also be represented in the men's final thanks to Tomáš Beran.
Miculyčová, who will be the flag bearer of the Czech team at the opening ceremony of the European Games, achieved the fourth highest mark based on the average of the two qualifying races. “I'm excited, I didn't expect this. I was worried for a while whether I would even get to the finals, but in the end it happened,” she said.
In Munich a year ago, she was seventh in the qualification. “I think it's definitely a better position. Even with my experience, it's possible to win, so I hope there could be a medal. But there are enough quality opponents in the final and I'll have something to do,” she added.
Olympic bronze medalist Nikita Ducarrozová from Switzerland moved up from first place, behind whom Miculyčová finished third at the World Championships last year. Only Kim Lea Müllerová from Germany and France's Laura Perezová, who shared the podium with the champion Miculyčová in Munich last year, received a higher mark than the talented Czech woman in the qualification. place. Martin Chabada finished twentieth and did not advance to the finals.