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The 2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Makes its Way to Augsburg
The third 2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup will round up this year's competitions. A tough course, the stretch of water is swift and merciless and even the best of paddlers have to push beyond their limits. At the outset, the first gate at Augsburg is an upstream gate off the first drop, it’s perfectly positioned along the right-hand wall and is ideal at fouling the unprepared and unlucky. In order to navigate this, the athlete must first achieve the right combination of speed and angle. The margin for error is small.
In last year's Women’s K1, Jana Dukatova (SVK) performed a superb and incredibly fast run and was presented with last year's World Cup Gold. Stepanka Hilgertova (CZE) took the silver while Jennifer Bongardt (GER) was awarded the bronze. After her winning race Dukatova said “The
course in Augsburg is unique; there really is nothing else like it in the world. The Germans obviously have the home advantage, but this just makes the visiting nations all the more determined.
The course is difficult to adapt to, the upstream manoeuvres are incredibly narrow and unforgiving.” Looking forward to this year's Augsburg World Cup, she said recently, “For me, Augsburg Eiskanal is always the course with best racing atmosphere. I like to race there. In addition, Augsburg was where I raced my first World Cup in 2002.”
The Women's C1 has also proved to be a great competition this year, the fight between Australia and China is set to continue while Jana Dukatova's great performance last weekend in La Seu also puts her up there as a contender in the canoe just as much as in the kayak.
Keep watching www.canoeicf.com for daily news and live results.
The official event website is www.kanu-schwaben-augsburg.de.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
12. December 98
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day