Rubén Rézola Voisard started with all his participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 30-year-old from Santa Fe, He flew in the water of the Sea Forest canal and a place was guaranteed in the semi-finals of the K1 200-meter canoe. He finished second in his qualifying series, the last one in the Japanese morning, with a time of 35.059, just 0.063 behind the Serbian. Strahinja Stefanovic, winner of the heat. Thus, he avoided having to contest the quarters and will return to the water this Wednesday, from 9:30 p.m., to find a place in the race for medals.
“I came out very well. Sometimes it is difficult to have a good feeling because the wind is carrying you, but I was able to take advantage of the weather conditions and I felt very good. I prepared to reach a final. It all depends on how it happens tomorrow, I trained very hard, I had many ups and downs last year, extra-sports issues that involved my sport and myself, but I was able to remedy it and I am here. Whatever happens, I will be happy anyway, “he said in a talk with TyC Sports a while after your participation.
Rézola Voisard will seek enter an Olympic final for the second time. He already did it in London 2012, in his first Games, when at the age of 21 he finished fifth in the K2 200 meters test together with Miguel Correa. Four years later, he competed alone in Rio de Janeiro 2016 in the K1 200. But in Brazil it did not go well.
Rézola Voisard was second in her K1 200 qualifying series. Photo REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov
The boat arrived late and damaged and that affected him. He finished eighth in the B final – the one that does not put medals up for grabs – and 16th overall. And he left with anger.
Then He pointed everything at Tokyo. The pandemic put your ranking in check because it forced the cancellation of the Pan American Championship that was to be held in Brazil in April 2021 and that they were going to distribute quotas. By ranking, Argentina received two places, one of them for the Santa Fe test. And he had to earn that place at the World Cup in Szeged, Hungary, which was held in May. There, he was the best national paddler in the K1 200 and secured his place in the Japanese event, which he arrived at at a great moment.
“It may be that I am in my prime. You learn a little about everything and based on my own experience and what I know myself, I think I learned a lot about myself, about how I should work and face these situations. I feel very calm. , very well in the water and today I was able to certify my feelings. For a long time I had no competition and in my series there were very tough rivals, a runner-up in the world and a winner of the European. It was a great measure and I am very happy to go to the semi-finals, “he commented after his first regatta in Japan.
After that very positive debut, Rézola will now go for a place in the race for the podium. If he succeeds, he will be the second finalist Argentine paddler in Tokyo. The first was Agustín Vernice, who finished eighth in the K1 1000 final, far from the podium, but put in a huge performance on his Olympic debut.
The 26-year-old native of Olavarría had also managed to get straight into the semifinals by finishing second in his series. In the semis he was fourth and in the final he started very solid, but could not keep up and was eighth with 3m28s503, away from Hungarian Balint Kopasz, gold with 3m20s643, best olympic time.
Secondly, Brenda rojas, who finished 27th in the K1 200 a few days ago, was fourth in her series of the K1 500 meters with 1m54s541, 5s139 behind the winner, Slovenian Anja Osterman, and he will have to play later – from 00.50 – the quarterfinals.