Canoeing: African Slalom Qualifiers Held at 2021 Pyrenees Cup

It was a successful weekend at the 2021 Pyrenees Cup. The event also doubled as the African Olympic qualifier where the highest ranked eligible boat qualified their nation to the games. The Pyrenees Cup was held in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain from March 20th to March 21st 2021.

Due to a rule stating that three eligible nations must compete for the event to be valid, the women’s C1 slalom did not award a quota and it will be reallocated to the Canoe Slalom Rankings. The event was won by Andorra’s Monica Doria Vilarrubla who finished the course with a total time of 103.58, just over a second faster than Spain’s Ainhoa Lameiro (104.97) and her compatroid Miren Lazkano (105.77).

By being the sole African athlete to qualify to the finals, Senegal’s Yves Bourhis earned the quota to compete in the men’s C1 slalom. The event was won by Spain’s Luis Fernandez whom ran a clean course to edge his compatriot Miquel Trave by 0.03 seconds for a total of 92.70. The bronze was won by Ireland’s Jake Cochrane (93.70).

The women’s K1 slalom was decided during the semi-finals as no eligible athlete reached the finals. It was Morocco’s Celia Jodar whom had the fastest time and grabbed the quota. The event was won by Spain’s Maialen Chourraut (89.53) whom performed at another level and finished almost seven seconds ahead of Andorra’s Monica Doria Vilarrubla (96.39) and her compatriot Olatz Arregui (97.57).

The men’s K1 Slalom was won by 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Pavel Eigel of Russia whom finished the course with a time of 85.25, just ahead of Morocco’s Mathis Soudi (86.81) whom obtained the quota. Spain’s Manuel Ochoa (87.01) rounded out the podium.

Qualification for canoe slalom continues with Asia, Europe and Pan America all scheduled to have their qualifiers in the coming months.

Qualified Nations

Men’s C1 Slalom
* Senegal

Women’s C1 Slalom
* Quota Reallocated

Men’s K1 Slalom
* Morocco

Women’s K1 Slalom
* Morocco

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