The final day of the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships saw quotas being awarded in the women’s C1 and men’s K1 slalom. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top 11 nations in the women’s C1 and the top 18 nations in the men’s K1 qualify a quota to the games. The World Championships was held in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain from September 25th to September 29th 2019.
The first run of the heats for the women’s C1 slalom was won by Australia’s Jessica Fox whom finished with a time of 105.87 and advanced to the semi-finals along with the top 20. The second run of the heats was won by China’s Chen Shi whom finished with a time of 108.96 and along with the top 10 advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-final was won by Spain’s Nuria Vilarrubla whom finished the course in a time of 104.38. The final and gold medal was won by Germany’s Andrea Herzog whom finished with a time of 100.52. The silver and bronze medals were won by Fox and Austria’s Nadine Weratschnig respectively.
The Olympic quotas were won by Germany, Australia, Austria, the United States, Spain, the Czech Republic, Andorra, New Zealand, Brazil, Great Britain and Italy.
The men’s K1 slalom saw Slovakia’s Jakub Grigar win the first run of the heats with a time of 86.93. This allowed him to advance to the semi-finals along with the top 30 boats. The second run of the heats was won by Slovenia’s Niko Testen whom despite hitting a gate finished with a time of 91.11 and advanced along with the top 10. The semi-final was won by Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic whom finished with a time of 84.34. Prskavec repeated his top performance during the final to win gold with a time of 84.26. The silver and bronze medals were won by Spain’s David Llorente and his compatriot Joan Crespo.
The Olympic quotas were won by the Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain, Portugal, Australia, Russia, Slovakia, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, the United States, Brazil, Sweden and New Zealand.
As a reminder, athletes can only qualify one quota for their nation, therefore should an athlete qualify in both the K1 and C1 boat the nation has two weeks to choose which quota they will use and the other one will be reallocated to the next best performing nation. Based on the results this applies to Andorra, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and the United States in the women’s slalom. Nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via their respective continental events.
Men’s K1 Slalom
* Czech Republic
* Great Britain
* New Zealand
* United States