Tokyo 2020 | Canoeing
He wins his series with the best time and aims for a podium that will be resolved tomorrow
The Spanish K4 finally entered the water. After years of preparation and months full of tension due to accusations of rigging in the selective, finally, the water. The competition. The games. This Friday was the day chosen to know if the chosen quartet was the ideal one and if, indeed, that canoe was flying as the tests said and as it seemed in the last World Cup.
Spain was part of the second series, in which there were two places for the semifinals. Qualitative leap that allowed to save strength while waiting for tomorrow’s day. The Germans, the main rival for gold, had just won theirs, and it was also time to show strength.
Spain turned out well, which after so much work on that plot is a relief. The cruising rhythm was soon hooked, propelling the canoe with two engines called Walz and Arévalo. Ahead, the only one without sunglasses (he doesn’t even need that), the Craviotto brand kept pace with the rhythm, and Rodrigo Germade was stabilized by closing the boat. Team work.
Spain passed the first half of the test. She was leading, outstanding, which allowed her to take a break towards the end of the test. Peace of mind before the storm that will arrive tomorrow with the semifinals and the final. The magnificent weather (1: 21.658) was the best of all, followed by Germany and Slovakia. A sign that places the K4 on the path to gold, the dream of these five years.