Germany dominated the races in Banja Luka with 4x Gold, 4x Silver and 1 Bronzemedal
The World Cup 2013 started this weekend in Bosnia – Herzegovina on the river Vrbas. One weekend after the WWC – Sprint Worldchampionships in Solkan / Slovenia competitors of 18 Nations fighted for the medals in the Sprint and Classic events.
The competition started with the WWC – Sprint under floodlights in the canyon. It was the first time, that a worldcup race was organized in the night. After the heats during the day competitors from 14 nations started in the final. It was spectacular to see, how the competitors fight against the waves and eddies under the glaring lights.
Best nation in the sprint races was Slovenia, Nejc Znidarcic (SLO) dominated the sprint race K 1 M, Peter Znidarsic-Luka Zganjar (SLO) did the same in the C 2 M.
C 1 Women was controlled by Italy, the young Marlene Ricciardi was the winner of the gold medal. In K 1 Women Sabine Füsser (GER) won the final, in C 1 M Vladimir Slalina was the winner.
The Classic-Race was mastered by the competitors of Germany. Sabrina Barm (C1 W), Manuela Stöberl (K 1 W) and Normen Weber (C 1 M) won gold medals. Kamil Mruzek (CZE) won the strong classic race with 38 starters, gold medal winner in C 2 M was the team from France, Guillaume Alzingre – Louis Lapoint.
Next weekend the World Final will be in Valtellina/Italy, were the Wildwater Canoeing World Campionships 2014 will be organized.