The iQFOil – iQFOiL Lake Garda 2023 Youth European Championships in windsurfing ended on Saturday in Torbola. And the gold medal in the category of girls under 19 goes to the Czech Republic thanks to Kristýna Piňosová. Nela Sadílková joined her in eighth place in the final.
“At first I had a lot of problems, but I got into the top ten who qualified for the medal race, where I believed in victory. And I won”, rejoiced Kristýna Piňosová after her huge success in the press release of the Czech Yachting Association.
“It’s wonderful, I worked very hard, but now the dream has come true. I thank all my sponsors and also my parents who supported me on a daily basis during the race,” she added. At the start of the European Championship, there were also 13 Czech representatives among the 422 competitors from 36 countries, and the Czech junior windsurfing team once again showed that they was one of the best in the world.
The competition was held in categories up to seventeen and up to nineteen. Two members of the RODOP iQFoil team reached the final after the regular game – second Kristýna Piňosová and seventh Nela Sadílková. Kristýna made it through to the final and won the gold medal.
“Kristýna Piňosová has another great race behind her. It always complicates things a bit for him when he mixes up the series of first places with mistakes, for example he crashes, takes the wrong track or misses the start, but in the end he takes gold,September union in a press release.
But other Czech juniors also did well. Kristýna Chalupníková takes 21st place in the under-nineteen category, Markéta Štěpánková was in the fourth ten. Alex Lojínová finished in twelfth place in the under-17 category. On the men’s side, David Drd was the best, finishing twenty-sixth in the U19 category.
Kristýna Piňosová, Nela Sadílková and David Drda will represent the Czech Republic at the World Championships in The Hague in August, which is also the first Olympic qualification for Paris 2024. Their fellow windsurfers Kateřina Švíková and Karel Lavický, who will of course not be missing in La Haye, will start the competition on Sunday in Marseille, where the pre-Olympic event is held.
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