Kayakers Prskavec and Přindiš have reached the semi-finals and will compete for medals at the iRADIO World Championships

Czech kayakers Vít Přindiš and Jiří Prskavec qualified for the final of the Water Slalom World Championship in Augsburg. Only Ondřej Tunka and the two female representatives Antonie Galušková and Tereza Fišerová failed in the men’s semi-final. Přindiš moved up from third place and last year’s Olympic champion Tokyo Prskavec from fifth place. The final begins at 12:42 p.m.




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Jiří Prskavec and Vít Prindiš | Photo: Iva Roháčkova

Tunka, in 21st place, missed the final ten by 5.92 seconds. 2019 Junior World Champion Galušková finished seventeenth in the semifinals, 4.68 seconds clear. Due to the fifty-second penalty, Fišerová ranked second-to-last 29th.

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The first part of Thursday’s qualification was won by Přindiš ahead of Prskavec, so they both finished the semi-finals. 2015 and 2019 world champion and holder of two other silver medals, Prskavec finished fifth with a time of 95.86 due to an “elbow” at gate number 9, otherwise he would have exceeded the winner’s time. Slovenian Peter Kauzer.

“I would describe it as the gods of Augsburg, or rather the gods of Eiskanal, were all against me today. that in the second it was kind of my fault, but in the first I stand by the fact that I was very unlucky with the water there. A bubbler went there, which really only happens once in a while, and he knocked me down,” Prskavec said.

“I knew I had lost a lot of time and I was able to put it behind me and aim for my almost winning race which I drove in the final and I was able to drive everything with that. I don’t know if it there’s someone ahead of me with a nudge, but it’s definitely going to be one of the best times. So I take that as very proud of what I was able to show in the semis. The reserve is there.” , added Prskavec.

Atmosphere on the canal in Augsburg

Přindiš, who won silver in the 2017 World Championship, drove cleanly and finished third, 55 hundredths behind the winner.

“Having a final run on the most famous track in the world in front of a huge crowd is actually a win for me because I was really looking forward to racing here. I was hoping to qualify for the final, and I progressed relatively not completely smoothly, but without major problems, so I’m satisfied,” said Přindiš.

The champion of five years ago, Tunko, who at the time overtook Přindis, failed to fight for the final.

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