Excellent results for Switzerland in the Wild Water Racing World Cup in Muotathal this weekend when Classic and Sprint races were held on the Muota River. Melanie Mathys from Solothurn continued her winning run following on from the European Championships.
The Classic race on Saturday was held under perfect conditions with 140 athletes from 14 nations taking part. From a Swiss point of view gold for Melanie Mathys and bronze for Hannah Müller in ladies kayak and Sabine Eichenberger’s silver medal in ladies C1 set the weekend off to a good start. France managed a double in mens C2 and in the mens K1 they also took two medals with Paul Graton silver und Paul Jean bronze.
Young Swiss talent Linus Bolzern from Luzern also finished a respectable 5th.
On Sunday rain and high water levels caused some delays. With nearly twice as much water as the previous day, both canoeists and organisers faced challenges. Nevertheless, the two heats and the finals were completed without major incident. Once again, under heavy water conditions, the French celebrated more successes in the Sprint races taking 8 medals in all. However, the Swiss women could still hold their heads high, with Melanie Mathys taking silver in the Sprint after her gold in the Classic on Saturday and Sabine Eichenberger managed a respectable 4th place in ladies C1.
The athletes and organisers alike can look back on an exciting and successful weekend’s racing. Now that the World Cup is over, the organisation of the World Championships in 2018 can begin in earnest. In a year’s time the world’s best canoeists will once again be fighting it out on the Muota.
Results Sprint Sunday:
Sprint Race, Women K1
- Place BREN Claire FRA 1:04.35
- Place MATHYS Melanie SUI 1:05.58
- Place DIMOVOVA Barbora CZE 1:06.60
Sprint Race, Men K1
- Place ZNIDARCIC Nejc SLO 0:58.07
- Place DEBELJAK Vid SLO 0:58.49
- Place JEAN Paul FRA 0:58.98
Sprint Race, Women C1
- Place COAT Cindy FRA 1:11.74
- Place PANATO Cecilia ITA 1:20.08
- Place BARM Sabrina GER 1:20.42
Sprint Race, Mens C1
- Place ROLENC Ondrej CZE 1:01.67
- Place LAPOINTE Louis FRA 1:02.13
- Place VIENS Theo FRA 1:02.88
Sprint Race, Women C2
- Place COAT - DURAND Cindy - Manon FRA 1:10.28
- Place PANATO - PANATO Alice - Cecilia ITA 1:12.51
- Place BARM - BARTH Sabrina - Lea Sophie GER 1:21.46
Sprint Race, Mens C2
- Place DEBRAY - LAPOINTE Tony - Louis FRA 1:00.05
- Place SANTAMARIA - DAZEUR Stephane - Quentin FRA 1:00.96
- Place FRANCESKIN - HOCEVAR Maks - Simeon SLO 1:01.60
You can watch all races in replay http://www.swiss-sport.tv/events/595-kanu-weltcup-muota-sz?medium=875
- World Cup Muota Sprint Finals - 04.06.2017
- World Cup Muota Sprint Heat 2 - 04.06.2017
- World Cup Muota Sprint Heat 1 - 04.06.2017
- World Cup Muota Classic 03.06.2017
A hectic first World Cup day has now drawn to a close. 140 athletes took to the waters of the Muota today for the classic race, held under perfect conditions. The technical sections pushed the paddlers from 14 nations to their limits. Thanks to the slick race organisation, there were some top performances to be seen.
ICF Ranking Race, ECA CUP Final race in Wildwater Canoeing and ECA Cup in BoaterX on Eiskanal
Since the Olympic Games 1972 in Germany, the “Eiskanal” in Augsburg has been known in the canoe scenery as a very challenging artificial white water circuit. Many high level competitions in Canoe Slalom and Wildwater Canoeing Sprint have already been hosted on the 300 meter long WW III-IV channel. After organizing of the 1. World Championship in Wildwater Canoeing Sprint in 2011 Augsburg gave place to the 2. ECA Wildwater Sprint Cup and ICF ranking race. Competitors from 13 nations used the races in Ausgburg as a last test event just before the World Championships in Banja Luka which will be held on the river Vrbas three weeks later. The competition in Augsburg were organized with best weather and water conditions by around 100 volunteers without any problems on ICF Ranking race on Saturday as well as the ECA Sprint Cup final race on Sunday.
It was the first international showdown of wildwater canoeing athletes in 2016 which was held as an ICF ranking race on Fulda river in the middle of Germany. The first downriver race where all German wildwater competitors in all age categories have started to see their level after the winter break, looked like the biggest wildwater event in Germany. The schedule of sprint and classic race was full for two days, the water level was good but the temperature outside could be more comfortable.
Competitors of Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands used the German races as selection races for their national teams as usual as well as one K1 athlete from Bosnia.
Belgians young athlete Bram Sikkens was good for a big surprise as he won the K1 men sprint race before the both Germans Björn Beerschwenger and Finn Hartstein. Hans Meermanns the Belgian coach was very confident with the results of Bram as well as the results of his big youth and junior team: " During the races here in Fulda my young athletes can learn a lot from Suisse and German competitors, I have a big and young team and I am sure that you can see them the next years during Europeans and Worlds. But in this moment I am not agree that we will have no U23 competition in 2016. We will try to take part with a big team in Junior Europeans this year".
The fastest whitewater paddlers in the World converged on the Nantahala River last week to participate in the 2015 International Canoe Federation, Junior and Under 23 Wildwater World Championships. Nearly 150 athletes from 13 nations made the pilgrimage to western North Carolina to test themselves against the river and each other, all in the pursuit to earn the title of “World Champion.”
The Nantahala River is the perfect venue for such a competition. While fairly easy to get from start to finish, it is actually very hard to do fast. You need to be a experienced racer to negotiate the myriad of racing lines as you find the deep, fast water, while also being supremely fit to push thru the shallows and long wave trains. In other words, the Nantahala River is the perfect venue to host another World Championships.