The Spanish K4 with the Spanish canoeist Saul Craviotto, along with Carlos Arévalo, Marcus Cooper Walz and Rodrigo Germade, won the silver medal and with it an Olympic place for the 2020 Tokyo Games after the end of this category in the World Cups Canoeing disputed in Hungary.
After obtaining an Olympic site, Craviotto becomes the chosen one to champion the Spanish delegation in the Japanese city, something that was already announced by the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, if the Lleida managed to qualify for the Games .
The team led by the double Olympic and triple world champion was worth being among the top seven to get a place for the Olympic Games next year. They were close to getting the gold and were only 0.51 seconds away from the German K4. The podium was completed by Slovakia. With this second place, Spain obtains its seventh medal in these championships, in the absence of the final finals that will be played this Sunday to start at 2:30 pm.
Craviotto later said that since it was the first time he qualified for the first time he was not believing it, while he showed a possible retirement after the Tokyo Games: «I have already been to three Olympics, I am 34 years old , I will arrive with 35 and young people climb strong … I do not want to announce my retirement but it smells like it may be my last Olympiad and I would like to close a brilliant sports career there, ”he said.
Paco Cubelos and Iñigo Peña, to the Olympic Games
For their part, the Spaniards Paco Cubelos and Iñigo Peña won another second place in the finals of the K2 1000 category, remaining at 1.26 seconds of gold, with a time of 3: 21.79, again behind the German team. and ahead of France. With the silver obtained, they will accompany the K4 in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic event.
Sete Benavides could not reach the possible in a Final A of C1 200 and had to settle for fourth place behind Lithuanian Henrikas Zustautas, Belarusian Artsem Kozyr and Georgian Zaza Nadiradze, leaving 35 thousandths of the medals.
The Spaniard Juan Oriyés and Zamorano Dani Abad were fifth in the K2 200, and the C4 500, with Mohssine Moutahir, Pablo Martínez, Ignacio Calvo and David Fernández, finished sixth.
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