David Llorente, silver, and Joan Crespo, bronze, in the K1 World Cup fina
  • 30.12.2019

The Segovian made a stratospheric descent. He scored the best time and only a two-second penalty for knocking on door 23 prevented him from winning the gold.

David Llorente Joan Crespo World Seu d’Urgell

David Llorente and Joan Crespo enjoying their medals in K1. (Copyright / Turiski)

The World Championship of whitewater canoeing of the Seu d’Urgell ends with a six-medal booty for the Spanish delegation and the qualification for the four seats of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Segovia David Llorente and Catalan-Basque Joan Crespo were the big winners of the last day of the World Championship of whitewater canoeing of the Seu d’Urgell. Llorente hung the silver and Crespo the bronze in the exciting final of caiac K1. The winner was the Czech Jiri Prskavec. David Llorente starred in a stratospheric slalom on the 25 doors of the descent. The Spaniard, who came second out of a total of 10 paddlers, scored the best time -83.96 seconds- and just a knock on gate 23, penalized with two seconds, prevented him from winning the gold. After the penalty his time was -85.96-a second and 70 hundredths of the winner.

David Llorente got his first medal in an absolute World Championship. (Copyright / Parc del Segre)

However, the Segovian paddler maintained the first position until the descent of Jiri Prskavec. The Czech was the last to leave, thanks to the best time in the seminal round. Prskavec made a very dynamic descent and did not commit any touch. His time -84.26- earned him the K1 championship. Joan Crespo -87.22- made a good descent, without penalty, and benefited from the fact that many of the favorites made too many mistakes.

After collecting his silver medal and still in a cloud he acknowledged that “I could not imagine it. Winning a silver medal in an absolute world cup, I’m only 22 years old, it’s amazing. 

Sharing the podium with Joan Crespo is a pride because 6 years ago I looked at Samuel Hernanz – eliminated in the semifinals – and Joan Crespo with his eyes open, he had just started, and I admire them a lot. ”

Joan Crespo made a descent without any penalty. (Copyright / Parc del Segre)

Joan Crespo said that “the healthy break with David in the Olympic square has led us both to do our best and there we are on the podium. He has made a great descent with a deserved silver. Personally I keep my best result in a world cup and also at home, with a spectacular atmosphere ».

David Llorente virtually assured his presence at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, although the technical direction of the Spanish Canoeing Federation must still make it official.

Nuria Vilarrubla missed the podium in the final of the C1 canoe category. The Catalan came to make the best time in the semifinals, but in the final she dumped the canoe shortly before gate 14 and could no longer recover the lost time. The paddler descended and also made a penalty of 2 seconds that placed him in seventh position. Klara Olazabal his teammate of the Spanish team finished fifth. He made a less aggressive descent and had a penalty of two seconds.

Núria Vilarrubla World Seu d’Urgell

Nuria Vilarrubla overturned the canoe and had to settle for seventh position. (Copyright / Parc del Segre)

Klara Olazabal and Nuria Vilarrubla in the coming months will play who goes to Tokyo 2020. Spain has the place secured but it remains to be known which of the two will go to the games. Andorra’s Monica Doria, third best time in the semifinals, could not maintain regularity in the final and has finished eighth.

Canoeing World Championship of the Seu d’Urgell

The public crowded the stands of the Parc del Segre de la Seu d’Urgell. (Copyright / Parc del Segre)

The Spanish delegation of the Spanish Federation of canoeing marched very satisfied of the World Championship of the Seu d’Urgell. The Spanish team marches the Seu d’Urgell with six medals. To those of David Llorente and Joan Crespo we must add the silver of the Basque Ander Elosegi in C1 and the three team medals: gold in K1 with David Llorente, Samuel Hernanz and Joan Crespo, and two silver in C1 with Núria Vilarrubla, Klara Olazabal and Ainhoa ​​Lameiro in women and Ander Elosegi, Miquel Travé and Luis Fernández in men.

In addition, it is the first time in the history of whitewater canoeing that Spain classifies vessels to contest the four Olympic specialties of Slalom. The three specialties were joined by the female C1 canoe that will debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.