The fifth Heger was the best of the Czechs at the World Championships in water slalom in Tacen


The rejuvenated Czech team did not reach the medal in the first part of the World Cup in water slalom. In Tacen, Slovenia, where the series started with a long delay due to coronavirus, the place of the fifth canoeist Vojtěch Heger was the maximum. Canoeist Gabriela Satková finished sixth today and canoeist Lukáš Rohan took tenth place.

Vít Šimánek, ČTK

The 2017 European Junior Champion Heger had a touch on the eleventh goal and was just behind the four competitors with a clean ride. Even the absence of a two-second penalty would not help him move the result list. He lost 7.45 seconds to the victorious Slovenian Luka Božič, more than five seconds apart from the bronze Frenchman Jules Bernardet.

The vice-champion of Europe from Prague Rohan did not succeed in the final at all. He bought error after error and it culminated in a 50-second penalty for intentionally throwing the nineteenth goal. He closed the final ten with a big loss.

The surprising European champion from Prague Satková did not follow up on the second place from the semifinals. She lost the decisive few seconds in the thirteenth goal, which she had difficulty getting to. When she added a touch of the opposite sixteenth goal, it couldn’t be enough for the best. She lost 8.42 seconds to the victorious Brazilian Ana Satila.

Only the American Eva Leibfarth managed the finals, which won the bronze medal. The bronze medalist from the 2017 World Championships Satilaová and the Frenchwoman Lucie Priouxová, who was third at the European Championships in Prague a month ago, finished ahead of her with two penalty seconds.

The truncated World Cup in water slalom should have its second stop in Pau, France on November 6-8.

Tacen Water Slalom World Cup:
1. Božič (Slovenia) 78.17 (0 penalty seconds)
2. Gestin -1,64 (0)
3. Bernardet (oba Fr.) -2.07 (0)
…5. V. Heger -7,45 (2)
10. Rohan (both CR) -67.88 (58)
1. Satila (BRA) 93.64 (2)
2. Priouxová (Fr.) -1,73 (2)
3. Leibfarthová (USA) -3.12 (0)
…6. G. Satková (CZE) -8.42 (2)


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