Plenty of medals were up for grabs Saturday in Racice where the first finals concluded. Germany took care of business, winning three gold medals on three Olympic events, while Josef Dostal offered Czech Republic their first gold medal of the weekend in the very disputed K1 Men 1000m.
German world champion Sebastian Brendel showed once again that over a thousand meters, it’s not about winning the start. The fastest qualifier followed up on his gold medal won last week in Duisburg, displaying fantastic physical and tactical skills to remain undefeated on the 1000m.
Josef Dostal wasexpected to put on a show in front of his fans and did not disappoint, winning with authority a race that could well have been the Olympic final, as most of the Rio favourites were aligned at the start.
“We changed a little bit our tactic from Duisburg”, explained Dostal. “My coach told me I didn’t do a good race last week so we tried to focus more on the first 500 meters. So I pushed a little bit harder. My goal was to stay close to René (Holten Poulsen). I passed him somewhere around the 400 meters and looked on my left at Max Hoff who was behind. I did not rush and started to sing my favourite song in my head until the finish line!”
Brazil dominates Canoe Women
Brazil is showing some serious skills in the Canoe women category, placing two of their athletes on the podium on Satuday. Valdenice Conceicao Do Nascimento largely dominated the C1 Women 200m, beating favourite Katie Vincent who just set the world fastest time on the distance last week in Germany. Her mate Andrea Santos De Oliveira finished third.