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Slovak, Czech and French celebration in Bratislava

Slovak, Czech and French celebration in Bratislava 10.8.2019

The 2019 ECA European Open Canoe Slalom race series has ended with race in Bratislava, Slovakia. Host nation celebrated two wins in today’s finals thanks to Jana Dukatova and Michal Martikan, Ondrej Tunka from Czech Republic won in men’s kayak final and French canoeist Cecile Tixier was the fastest in women’s canoe.

Legendary Slovak canoeist Michal Martikan again showed his excellence on his home rapids in Bratislava, Slovakia. Despite the touch which brought his two seconds penalty he won the last race in the 2019 ECA European Open Canoe Slalom series. At the end he was 0.33 seconds faster than Czech representative Vitezslav Gebas, while Valentin Marteil from France finished third.
The second win of the day came in the following event – women’s kayak final. Jana Dukatova, who is coming back this season after she gave birth to a daughter last year, picked up four penalty seconds but was so fast on the course that no other finalist was able to throw her off the top position. Stella Melhorn from Germany was second and Amber Maslen from Great Britain third.
Ondrej Tunka from Czech Republic produced the fastest time in men’s kayak final. The final was very tight. Only 0.63 seconds divided winner and third placed competitor, while only a little more than two seconds divided Tunka on first place and kayaker who finished seventh in the final. Jakub Krejči from Czech Republic was second and Isak Ohrstrom from Sweden third.
In women’s canoe final Cecile Tixier from France won in the final run ahead of Chinese representative Shi Chen and Australian canoeist Kate Eckhardt.



Results can be found here: http://canoebratislava.sk/live-results/


Photos: Pavol Uhrin