Slovaks were successful in water slalom, again

Slovakia won five medals on July 16 world championship in whitewater slalom. Two of them were gold medals.

Jakub Grigar has a great athletic season. Jakub Grigar has a great athletic season. (Source: TASR)

Jakub Grigar won the under 23 single kayak category, with a lead of 3.24 seconds over Italian Zeno Ivaldi.

Marko Mirgorodský won the junior K1 category, with a lead of 2.68 seconds, beating Czech Matyáš Lhota.  

Kayaker Andrej Málek defended his bronze medal in K1 from last year, the TASR newswire wrote.

Moreover, the Slovak team 3xK1 “23” – Grigar, Málek and Richard Macúš – won silver medals. Also Slovak junior canoeists in 3XC1, Simona Glejteková, Soňa Stanovská and Simona Maceková, placed second in the championship.

Grigar seems to be on top form, three weeks before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Sme daily wrote on July 18. He was  not 100-percent self-confident in the finals but he was absolutely happy about the result. “I just finished the finals at a world championship in the under 23 category, and I won in three-and-a-half seconds – which made me really happy,” he said, as quoted by TASR. “The feeling is gorgeous… I was quite lucky in my race – I do not even quite know how. I had to unintentionally risk some of the gates, I pushed myself at them, and I managed to get a good time for the whole race. I really did not expect it; for the whole week, I had problems in training and racing, and even in this race, I did not have the impression it would turn out so good. But it turned out well, I rejoice – as everybody around me seems to, too,” Grigar told the Slovak Association of White-water Canoeing (SZKDV.

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