The Canal Olímpic de Catalunya, part of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, was the site for more than 300 athletes competing in the world qualifier ahead of Buenos Aires 2018.
Located in Castelldefels, the Canal Olímpic de Catalunya rediscovered its Olympic spirit 25 years after its inauguration for Spain’s historic edition of the Olympic Games.
More than 300 young canoeists from 60 countries competed to secure a spot in the next Youth Olympic Games that will be held from October 6 to 18 in the Argentine capital.
On the first day of action, the men’s canoe sprint competition went to Portugal’s César Soares. Second place went to Islomjon Abdusalomov from Uzbekistan, while Dias Bakhraddin, from Kazakhstan, finished in third. In the women’s kayak sprint, the Hungarian Eszter Rendessy came in first, followed by Gina Zint (Germany) and Laura Ujfalvi (Hungary).
On the second day of competition, Uzbekistan’s Gulbakhor Fayzieva, shone in the women’s canoe sprint. Laura Gönczöl, from Hungary, came in second with Uzbekistan’s Munavar Albarova in third place. In the men’s kayak sprint, Maksim Khutski, from Belarus, was the winner, with Danil Vetrov (Russia) and Adam Kiss (Hungary) placing second and third.
Canoe slalom races were held during the third day of competition at the Canal Olímpic de Catalunya. Thailand’s Piyanath Koetsuk won the men’s canoe contest, while Finn Anderson (New Zealand) and Terence Saramandif (Mauritus) shared the podium in second and third place. In women’s kayak, Great Britain’s Lili Bryant led the race, followed by Ria Sribar, (USA) and Kristina Durecova (Slovakia).
During the fourth and final day on the water in Castelldefels the women’s canoe and men’s kayak champions were determined. Germany’s Zola Lewandowski was in the winning boat, followed by Iran’s Nirvana Asadbeki and Slovakia’s Emanuela Luknarova. Among the men, Slovenia’s Lan Tominc came in first, followed by Jakub Krejci (Czech Republic) and Tom Bouchardon (France).
The Olympic qualifier in Spain awarded 58 quota places for Buenos Aires 2018. Twenty-nine men and 29 women secured their spots alongside the two places assigned to Argentina as the organising country, and the four universality places that will be determined by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to make up the 64 canoeists who will participate in the first event with gender equality in the history of the Olympic Games.
Once the ICF is in touch with the National Olympic Committees and their participation at the Youth Olympic Games is confirmed, the International Federation will announce the final list of participants for Buenos Aires 2018.
Canoeing at Buenos Aires 2018 will take place at the Urban Park, part of the city’s Puerto Madero neighbourhood, and will be held on a shorter course than what is used during the Olympic Games.