Canoeing: Five Nations Qualify Boats on Final Day of Asian Canoe Sprint Qualifier

Five nations secured a quota to compete at the Olympics on the final day of the 2021 Asian Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifiers. The highest ranked eligible boat in the men’s and women’s K1 200m, men’s K1 1000m, men’s C1 1000m and women’s C1 200m qualified a spot to compete at the games. The Asian Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifiers were held in Pattaya, Thailand from May 5th to May 6th 2021.

The kayak events had two heats where the top two advanced directly to the finals while the rest advanced to the semi-finals where the top four from that round advanced to the finals. The canoe events only contained a direct final race.

The heats of the men’s K1 200m were won by Kazakhstan’s Sergii Tokarnytskyi (37.474) and South Korea’s Cho Gwang-hee (36.392). The semi-final race was won by Thailand’s Praison Buasamrong (37.160). The final and Olympic quota was won by Cho whom finished the race in 35.050 seconds, just ahead of Tokarnytskyi whom finished with 35.340. Bronze was won by Uzbekistan’s Denis Onufriev (35.640).

The women’s K1 200m saw its heats won by Kazakhstan’s Inna Klinova (42.641) and Japan’s Yuka Ono (43.247). The semi-final was won by Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Shubina (45.197). The event was won by Klinova (40.123) while the silver and bronze were won by Ono (40.258) and Singapore’s Stephenie Chen (40.325). Since Kazakhstan won the women’s K1 500m quota yesterday, the Olympic quota is awarded to Japan, which in turn causes its women’s K1 500m host quota to be reallocated to the next highest ranked boat at the 2019 World Championships (Great Britain’s Rebeka Simon).

The winner of the women’s C1 200m and Olympic quota was Thailand’s Orasa Thiangkathok whom finished the race in 47.235 seconds. Silver was won by Uzbekistan’s Gulbakhor Fayzieva (47.933) while bronze was won by Indonesia’s Dayumin (48.053).

The heats of the men’s K1 1000m were won by Iran’s Ali Aghamirzaei (3:45.212) and Uzbekistan’s Shakhriyor Makhkamov (3:51.834). Japan’s Taishi Tanada won the semi-final race with a time of 4:00.469. The event and Olympic quota were won by Aghamirzaei whom finished with a time of 3:36.555. The silver and bronze medals were won by Makhkamov (3:37.433) and Tanada (3:38.963) respectively.

The final event of the day was the men’s C1 1000m which was won by China’s Zheng Penfei whom obtained the Olympic quota with a time of 3:57.253. The silver medalist was Chinese Taipei’s Lai Kuan-chieh (4:03.298) while the bronze medal went to Iran’s Adel Mojallali (4:04.540)

This concludes the Asian qualifiers. Any unqualified nations can still qualify in the K1 and C1 boats to be held at the second 2021 World Cup event.

Qualified Nations

Men’s K1 200m
* South Korea

Women’s K1 200m
* Japan

Men’s K1 1000m
* Iran

Men’s C1 1000m
* China

Women’s C1 200m
* Thailand

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