Two Olympic medallists were upstaged on the second day of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, but both are still safely through to the finals at Racice in the Czech Republic. Local hope Martin Fuksa squeezed out Brazil’s Olympic silver medallist, Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos, in their heat of the C1 1000, with only first place progressing directly to the final, while New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Ryan were too strong for German silver medallists Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze in the K2 500.
Fuksa finished sixth in the Rio final, but believes the home crowd can help him reach the podium on the weekend. “It was a hard race because Isaquias had a fast start,” Fuksa said. “It was a fast race, but I had the better finish. I’m not nervous because I’m super happy that the World Championships are in the Czech Republic. I think yes the crowd could make a difference, because all my family will be here.”
Two-time Olympic champion, Germany’s Sebastian Brendel, had no problems qualifying directly for the C1 1000 final, but said the first World Championships after an Olympics is always a challenge. “I had a good preparation at home, they were good weeks for me,” Brendel said. “It’s a good chance for the rookies to get to the final or make it onto the podium. The older guns must show that they can compete against the young ones.”
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