The first Olympic quotas in canoe slalom were decided today at the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships. The top 11 nations in the men’s C1 and the top 18 nations in the women’s K1 qualify a quota to the games. The World Championships is currently being held in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain from September 25th to September 29th 2019.
The first run of the heats in the men’s C1 slalom was won by Great Britain’s David Florence whom completed the course with a time of 94.48. Florence along with the top 20 finishers advanced to the semi-finals. The second run of the heats was won by Switzerland’s Thomas Koechlin whom finished with a time of 95.68 and along with the top 10 advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-final was won by France’s Denis Gargaud Chanut whom completed the course in 91.23. He was unable to repeat his feat in the finals where his compatriot Cedric Joly won the event with a time of 90.84. The silver and bronze medals were won by Spain’s Ander Elosegi and Slovenia’s Luka Bozic.
The Olympic quotas were won by France, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Ireland, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
In the women’s K1 slalom the first run of the heats was won by France’s Marie-Zelia Lafont whom finished with a time of 99.83 and advanced to the semi-finals along with the top 20 finishers. The second run of the heats was won by Austria’s Corinna Kuhnle whom despite touching a gate, earning a two second penalty finished with a total time of 100.23. She and the top 10 advanced to the semi-finals. Ricarda Funk of Germany topped the semi-final run with a time of 96.39, but it was Slovenia’s Eva Tercelj whom won the event with a time of 94.27. The silver and bronze medals were won by Australia’s Jessica Fox and New Zealand’s Luuka Jones.
The Olympic quotas were won by Slovenia, Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Spain, France, Ukraine, Austria, Japan, the United States, Slovakia, Poland, the Netherlands and Andorra. As Japan qualified, the host quota was reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, Russia.
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. Nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via their respective continental events.
Women’s K1 Slalom
* Czech Republic
* Great Britain
* New Zealand
* United States