World Championships in water slalom, K1 men – final, July 30, 2022 in Augsburg. Czech kayaker Vít Prindiš rejoices at the finish line.
Augsburg (Germany) – The World Cup in water slalom will start in Augsburg on Thursday. A week before the home SP race in Troja, the complete Czech national team is preparing for it, including kayaker Vít Přindiš, who won his first world title last year in this German area. Olympic kayak champion Jiří Prskavac is awaiting an international canoe premiere. The World Cup has changed the usual program, the first final will take place already on Friday and Sunday will be dedicated only to kayakcross.
At the start of the pre-Olympic season, which culminates in September with the Olympic qualification at the World Championships in London, Augsburg will not be missing any of the reigning world and Olympic champions, including the biggest female star Jessica Fox from Australia. Tereza Fišerová will have the busiest program from the Czech team, who is also registered for kayak cross in addition to kayaking and canoeing.
There is a lot of interest in the new Olympic discipline in the form of a contact race, there are 49 women and 169 men on the starting lists. Among them are Czech representatives who will compete only in this discipline, because they did not make it to the national team in the “classic” water slalom. These are Olympic silver medalist Vavřinec Hradilk from London, 2017 world champion Ondřej Tunka and Veronika Vojtová.
This year, the Water Slalom World Cup races have been extended from three days to four. On Thursday afternoon, the qualification of male and female kayakers will take place, who will fight in the semi-finals and finals on Friday early evening. The male and female canoeists will have a qualification on Friday morning, the semi-finals and final await them on Saturday. On Sunday, the qualification and elimination races of the kayakcross will take place.