Top paddlers show their strength on opening day of U23 World Championships

U23 and Junior World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia

ICF MEDIA – Czech Lukas Rohan has qualified fastest for the semi-finals of the men’s C1 on the opening day of the U23 and Junior World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Rohan finished in a time of 92.63, more than one second ahead of leading local hope, Marko Mirgorodsky, in 93.70, with another Czech, Vaclav Chaloupka, third in 95.05.

Germany’s Florian Breuer, who is hoping to defend his 2016 U23 world title this week, finished fourth.

“It was a safe run, and now I’m on to the next run so that’s great,” Breur said.

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“I’m looking forward to getting the chance to defend my title, but it will be hard because everyone else is keeping up. We will see what comes around.

“It’s a bit different now because you gain some experience, and you know how to deal with the situation with the finals, semi-finals and qualification, so you can be a bit more calm than the others.

“There is some pressure on you, but I like it.”

Breuer’s 2017 campaign suffered a setback earlier this year when he contracted a mystery illness, which led to him shedding a lot of weight in less than a week and missing senior selection.

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