Canoeing: Final Canoe Sprint Olympic Quotas Decided at Barnaul World Cup

The final Olympic quotas for canoe sprint were decided today with the conclusion of the special Olympic qualification races held at the Barnaul World Cup. Only eligible nations were allowed to participate where the winner of the men’s K1 200m, K1 1000m and C1 1000m and the women’s K1 200m, K1 500m and C1 200m qualified a boat to the games. The Barnaul World Cup is currently being held in Barnaul, Russia from May 20th to May 23rd 2021.

Among the kayak events, the men’s K1 200m was won by Lithuania’s Mindaugas Maldonis whom finished the race in 36.107 seconds, just ahead of Ukraine’s Oleh Kukharyk (36.261) and Portugal’s Kevin Santos (36.271). Portugal was able to secure its quota in the women’s K1 500m thanks to the performance of Joana Vasconcelos whom won the race in 1:57.831, about half a second ahead of Poland’s Justyna Iskrzycka (1:58.370). Russia’s Svetlana Chernigovskaya finished third (1:59.086).

The men’s K1 1000m was won by China’s Zhang Dong who despite being sixth at the half-way point moved ahead of the pack to win gold and the Olympic quota (3:45.215). The podium was rounded out by Italy’s Andrea Schera (3:45.624) and Lithuania’s Andrej Olijnik (3:45.919). The women’s K1 200m was won by Russia’s Natalia Podolskaia (42.731) whose fast rate allowed her to finish almost a second ahead of Slovakia’s Lisa Maria Gamsjager (43.670). Canada’s Grace Whebby finished third (44.335).

Among the canoe events, the women’s C1 200m was a close encounter, but it was Croatia’s Vanesa Tot whom won gold and the quota with a time of 50.006. Silver went to Georgia’s Mariami Kerdikashvili (50.184) while bronze went to Brazil’s Valdenice Conceicao (51.657). The final Olympic qualifying event of the day was the men’s C1 1000m where at the half way point it was Russia’s Ilia Shtokalov whom led all athletes, but in the second half he was overtaken by Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi whom finished with a time of 4:14.861, just half a second ahead of Shtokalov (4:15.338). Italy’s Carlo Tacchini finished third (4:18.025).

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in canoe sprint and canoeing in general. All that remains is for nations to confirm their quotas and for the tripartite commission to select which nations to invite.

Qualified Nations

Men’s K1 200m
* Lithuania

Women’s K1 200m
* Russia

Men’s K1 1000m
* China

Women’s K1 500m
* Portugal

Men’s C1 1000m
* Moldova

Women’s C1 200m
* Croatia

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