Lausanne, August 25, 2013: In the Men’s C2, the Hochschorner brothers, once again proved unstoppable winning comfortably on their local course. Despite this the triple Olympic Gold medal winning twins finished second in the overall season standings to French duo, Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche.
On the day the Women’s K1 victory went to Emlile Fer from France, but Bratilavia-born Jana Dukatova (SVK) managed to secure enough points to take the seasons top honours with her second position in Bratislava earning the required points.
Fellow Slovakian Michal Martikan, the London 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist, stole the show in the Men’s C1; whilst Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis amassed enough points to secure the season title, despite finishing eighth. The stand-out performances of the weekend were undoubtedly those of Fox and Schubert.
Commenting after her C1 victory, Fox said, “I’m so happy, it’s been a great World Cup season for me in C1 and I really enjoy paddling here in Bratislava. It’s great whitewater and I’m happy to have done better than my result in the 2011 Worlds.”
Fox came eighth in 2011, since then she has not looked back and won virtually every Woman’s C1 title available. There is no such dominant force in the Men’s K1, but Schubert is certainly the man of the moment. The 25-year-old German capitalised on others mistakes with an explosive and fluid performance.
After the race he commented, “I was really happy to win today. It was my second World Cup win and also [winning] the overall makes me very proud.”
Throughout the competition the course continued to ask questions of the world’s best. Schubert continued, “Gates 5,6,7 and 8 are a really difficult combination. It’s big water. Big waves. It’s really hard through there.”
The C1 winner, Martikan, also alluded to difficulties, “I have mixed feelings because of quite big mistakes in the middle of the course, but I’m happy to win such a big race.” —- ICF
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