Canoeing: China and Kazakhstan Qualify Slalom Quotas at Asian Slalom Qualifier

The 2021 Asian Canoe Slalom Olympic Qualifier concluded today. The event awarded quotas to each of the slalom events with the winner of each event obtaining a place to compete at the games. The Asian Canoe Slalom Olympic Qualifier was held in Pattaya, Thailand from May 1st to May 3rd 2021.

China and Kazakhstan were the big winners of the event with both nations qualifying two quotas. Kazakhstan obtained quotas in the men’s C1 and women’s K1. In the men’s C1, Alexandr Kulikov won the gold medal where he finished 1.32 seconds ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Chang Yun-chuan. Yekaterina Smirnova won the women’s K1 event where she finished comfortably ahead of Thailand’s Jaruwan Niamthong.

The women’s C1 was won by China’s Hunag Yanzhi whom finished ahead of her teammate, Chen Shi by 2.23 seconds. China’s second quota was obtained in the men’s K1 where Xin Quan completed the course 3.56 seconds ahead of his teammate, Tan Ya.

This was the final opportunity for Asian nations to qualify in canoe slalom. The canoe sprint qualifiers for Asia are scheduled to be held in Pattaya in the coming days.

Qualified Nations

Men’s K1 Slalom
* China

Women’s K1 Slalom
* Kazakhstan

Men’s C1 Slalom
* Kazakhstan

Women’s C1 Slalom
* China

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