Martina Satkova from the Czech Republic was the great winner of the last day at the 2013 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Juniors World Championships in Lofer by winning the K1 and the C1 Women Sprint Finals. Her schedule today was very hard. Two heats and two finals at one day were a long programme, but the 14 years girl, one of the youngest at the whole championships, did it like an expierenced paddler.
„So many medals are really great“, said Martina at the end of the finals. „The K1 was very close and that is why, this victory is most valuable for me. Alltogether it were great championships for me."
In the Finals of the C1 Category Ronan Cordier was successful again. After two gold medals in the team disciplines, he is now the third time on the top. „It was a perfect race for me“, means Cordier. „My team-mate Thomas made also a great race, so I had to give everything. I am very happy that these Championships are over, because I am very tired now.“
With this third gold medal Cordier is the Champion of the Champions. But not allone, because Finn Hartstein from Germany won the K1 Men Final and got also his third gold.
„The Championships started average, because I hope to win the Individuals Classic. Then the Team Events were perfect for us and today it was just amazing. To be honest, I felt very bad at the beginning of my race. My arms very heavy. But then I remembered the simple statement of my coach: „Smash, Smash, Smash!“ and so I did. I like to say "Thanks" to the whole team and the supporters."
The C2 Finals of the men was the closest discipline of the day and it got a very good ending. Both, France with Axel Aillet and Axel Del Negro and the Czech with Filip Jelinek and Vojtech Zapletal, won the gold medal with the same time (1:19,90 min).
„This last final was very surprising“, said Frédéric Rebeyrol. „I knew that our C2 could reach a medal and so I am very happy about gold. But also the Czech made a great job, so it´s OK two have both boats on the top.“
Joao Tomasini-Schwertner, 3rd Vice President of the International Canoe Federation, gave a very positive quote at the end of the races. „We saw very exciting races in Lofer and of course the organizers made a great job. Also the support of the city of Lofer was huge. Wildwater and Lofer is really a good combination.“
In the Medal Table the Czech Republic wins with five Gold Medals in front of France and Germany. The two Gold Medals of the Czech and France changed the table at the last day enormous. The National Cup in Sprint is published together with the results-
1. CZE 5xG // 3xS // 5xB
2. FRA 4xG // 2xS // 3xB
3. GER 4xG // 1xS //
4. ITA 1xG // 2xS // 2xB
5. SUI 1xG // 1xS // 2xB
6. CRO // 3xS // 2xB
SLO // 1xS // 1xB