ANDhe K-4 500 Spanishmade up of Saul Craviotto, Carlos Arevalo, Marcus Cooper and Rodrigo Germadereturned to the podium in a great international event. Won gold at the World Championship of Olympic Sprint that is celebrated in the Banook Lake of Halifax (Canada), after defeating its black beast, Germany.
The Spanish quartet was silver in the 2019 World Cup and in the Tokyo Olympics being overtaken on both occasions by the German boat made up of Ronald Rauhe, Tom Liebscher, Max Rendschmidt and Max Lemke. After Rauhe’s withdrawal (five Olympic medals and 16 world golds), Jacob Schopf, Olympic silver in the K-2 1,000, joined the team.
The change in trend was already noted at the World Cup in Racece (Czech Republic) in May. Craviotto, Arévalo, Cooper and Germade took the gold ahead of Ukraine and Lithuania. The Teutons finished fourth, more than a second and a half behind the Spaniards.
The Spanish K-4 departed from 5th Street. After a good start, he passed in second place for the 250 meters in 39.62 behind Poland (39.82). This time it did not happen like in the Games when he was ahead of Germany until the 350 meter. The Spanish boat that, with respect to Tokyo has seen how Carlos Arévalo and Marcus Cooper have changed their positions, signed a frantic end to take the lead and enter the finish line first with a time of 1:20.83 (41.00 in the second 250 meters). Germany was second with 1:21.27 (41.14 in the final 250 meters) and Ukraine, champion in 2021 taking advantage of the fact that neither Spain nor Germany presented their starting crew, was third (1:21.38).
Craviotto raises his collection of medals in a World Cup to 11: 4 golds (in the K-1 4×200 relay in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and in the K-4 500 in 2022), 5 silvers (K-2 200 in 2009, 2010 and 2018 and K-4 500 in 2018 and 2019 ) and 2 bronzes (K-1 200 in 2013 and 2014).
C-2 500: second gold in an Olympic event in Paris
A few minutes later came the second gold for the Spanish delegation and also in a test that will be Olympic in Paris. Cayetano García and Pablo Martínez, who were already gold in the Racing World Cup, won the C-2 500. From less to more, the Sevillians signed a great final.
To the passing through the 250 meters they were fourth with the same time as the Poles and Italians, but 20 hundredths of the Germans. They increased the pace of their strokes in the last section to put themselves in command with 80 meters to go and not let themselves be overtaken. They entered first with a time of 1:46.32. Wiktor Glazunow and Tomasx Barniak (POL) were second (1:46.81) and Hao Liu and Bowen Ji (CHN) third with 1:46.90.
Silver for Portela and Ouzande
Teresa Portela and Sara Ouzande hung the silver in the K-2 200, a non-Olympic distance in Paris. An hour after playing the final of the K-4 500, where she along with Carolina García and Laia Pelachs were fourth, she returned to Banook Lake in Halifax. both canoeists kept their strength intact to sign a good finish and maintain second place on the podium against the stalking of Andreanne Langlois and Toshka Hrebacka. Portela and Ouzande entered with a time of 38.96. The Canadians were third with 38.99. The gold went to the Hungarians Blanka Kiss and Anna Lucz with 38.76.
Fourth places for Sete Benavides and the women’s K-4 500
Before, the Spanish delegation had already completed its first two finals and touched the podium. Sete Benavides disputed the C-1 200 (non-Olympic event). he finished fourth with a time of 39.60, for the 39.44 of the Kazakh Stepanov who was bronze. The gold went to the Pole Oleksii Koliadych (39.25) and the silver to the German Nico Pickert (39.35).
The female K-4 500, formed by Sara Ouzande, Carolina García, Laia Pelachs and Teresa Portela,. was fourth (1:33.27) For three hundredths they were left without the bronze that went to Mexico (1:33.24). Gold went to Poland (1:30.70), winner of the World Cup events this year, and silver to Australia (1:32.78). The new team, under the orders of Daniel Brage, began working last fall with an eye on the new Olympic cycle with Paris as the first stop and destination Los Angeles 2028. In Racice it was already silver.
Marcus Cooper, after the final of the K4 he took at the start of the K1 500, a test also absent from the program of the 2024 Games. Iba is looking for his ninth World Cup medal after the golds achieved last year in K-2 500 in Copenhagen and Racice (Republic Czech) 2017, the silvers in K-4 500 in Szeged (Hungary) 2019, Racice 2017 and Montemor-o-Velho (Portugal) 2018 and in K-2 500 in Milan 2015, plus the bronze in K-1 500 in Moscow 2014, in addition to the gold achieved in this Halifax World Cup. Despite arriving with the fastest time in the semi-finals, The effort of the K-4 500 took its toll on him and from the beginning he was left off the hook until he let go to enter ninth at the finish line.
Paco Cubelos will also seek the medal in the last A final of the day, the K-1 1000. He will have the option of adding his fourth medal in a World Cup after the two silvers achieved in K-2 1000 in Szeged (Hungary) 2019 and Montemor-O-Velho (Portugal) 2018 and the bronze also four years ago in K-4 1000.
More finals with Spanish presence
The Medal options for Spain continue this Sunday with María Corbera (C-1 200, Olympic event in Paris); Carlos Arevalo (K-1 200); Aitor Gorrotxategi and Pedro Vázquez (K-2 1000); Estefania Fernandez (K-1 1000); the brothers Noel and Diego Domínguez (C-2 100), Joan Morenos, Pablo Gran, Manuel Fontán and Adrián Siero (C-4 500) and María Moreno, María Prats, Aida Bauza and Begoña Lazkano (C-4 500). In the long distance regattas, there will also be a Spanish presence. In the C-1 5000 María Corbera repeats. Manuel Garrido will be in the men’s event, while Paco Cubelos competes in the K-1 5000.
in paracanoe, to the gold achieved by Juan Antonio Valle in KL3 200 this Friday, no more medals could be added. Adrián Mosquera brushed the podium in VL3 200 by being fourth (48.47 to 47.92 for the Uzbek Sherkuziev, bronze). In this same final, Javier Reja finished ninth. For his part, Higinio Rivero was also close to the bronze in VL2 200. He finished fourth (53.67 against 53.26 for Portuguese Mourao). Inés Felipe, eighth in the KL2 200