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Other Water Sports - 17. June 2012.

Pau Canoe Slalom World Cup-Day 3 Finals and Semi Finals

The Semi-Finals and Finals got under way this morning with seven gates being
added to the qualification course, which created a more challenging design.

There were a few surprises in the semi-finals when Bratislava’s world
championships gold and silver medalists Corinna Kuhnle (AUT) and Jana
Dukatova (SVK), as well as Beijing Olympics gold medalist Elena Kaliska
(SVK) all failed to advance to the grand finale. Dukatova commented
“unfortunately this run was not very good for me. I was feeling really tired
and not very healthy this weekend. But I still have time to prepare myself
for the highlight of the season, the “Olympic Games”. So I will do my best
for the next five weeks and I’m not going to the next world cup as our
Olympic selection just finished last week in Cardiff. I need to concentrate
and focus on the Olympic Games and prepare myself for the official training
camp a week after La Seu d’Urgell”. The number of top-level athletes not
making it through the Semi-Finals reflects how challenging the course was
for the Final. With only one International Race here, this course is
relatively new to the athletes.

Women’s K1 Final

Following her win in Cardiff, Maialen Chourraut (ESP) showed her confidence
and continued her winning streak here in Pau. She looked very composed all
the way down the course, passing the gates smoothly, which put her in first
place. “I’m going to race next week in la Seu with all people supporting me”
she said.

2012 European Champion, Carole Bouzidi (FRA), would add another title in the
second World Cup. She moved so tightly in and out of the gates, with the
support of the crowd running along side her down the course, she was able to
take second place. “I wanted to make a good race here in my hometown and I
succeed,” she said.

Great Britain’s 25-year-old Elizabeth Neave kept her boat moving in the up
stream gates, and with a clean run finished third. She commented, “My run
was a lot better than my Semi’s. It’s a really hard course and I think I
just did everything how I wanted to do, I’m really happy to win a medal

The Second ICF World Cup was closed with the French President announcing
Pau-Pyrenees’s interest to bid for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
in 2017.
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