In slalom canoeing, Brazil will be represented at the Olympics by the pair Pepê Gonçalves (in K1) and Ana Sátila (in K1 and C1). The athlete from Minas Gerais was the first Brazilian to land in Japan, and has been training in Kasai since the 8th. Pepê, on the other hand, had a setback to travel, but now she is preparing on Japanese soil.
“It was a source of great pride for me to open the way for the entire delegation. With all the protocols adopted by the organization, we managed to stay in a bubble format and were able to use the track every day”, said Ana Sátila to the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) this Wednesday (21). The canoeist, who participates in her third edition of the Olympic Games, will make her first participation in the event held in Japan next Sunday (25), in the disputes of the women’s K1 (kayak) from 1:50 am (Brasilia time).
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The C1 (canoe) races start next Wednesday (28), from 12:50 am (Brasilia time). Regarding the results, she says she is well prepared to get a place on the podium. “I wanted, in these first weeks of training, to get a good adaptation, do the reconnaissance of the track, where we had paddled only once in the test event, adapt to food, rest times, time zone and channel. All this has worked out very well, I have adapted well to everything. The track, because of the fatigue, took a little longer, but today I feel totally prepared and with a very well-done job”, he added.
Pepê, from São Paulo, guaranteed the classification for Tokyo in March, by winning the National Canoeing Slalom Selective at Parque Radical de Deodoro, in Rio de Janeiro. But, with his place already guaranteed, he had to overcome a false positive result in the RT-PCR test and the delay in traveling to Japan.
In Tokyo, he will debut in the K1 (kayak) race next Wednesday, at 1:50 am. “At the time it was difficult. Working for 15 years for two weeks, and just before the trip I know I couldn’t board because I tested positive. But I kept calm, it was complicated, but I focused on coming to the Games, even if it was to arrive one day before the competition. Everything that was in my hands I did, but I believe it was meant to be. Now it’s time to focus on the proof. I know I’m very well prepared”, completed the gold medalist at the 2019 Pan American Games (Lima).
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