Canoe Bratislava 14:30-14:45 GMT 02-SEP-2012 WF
Date Shot: 02-SEP-2012
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Dopesheet: Canoe Slalom World Cup 5 FINAL - Bratislava, Slovakia (31⁄08⁄2012 - 02⁄09⁄2012)
The sun eventually decided to show up for the last day of competition in the
2012 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final in Bratislava. Jana DUKATOVA (SVK) offered the Gold to its home crowd in K1 Women while the Germans ANTON⁄BENZIEN nicely grabbed their first World Cup victory.
Franz ANTON ⁄ Jan BENZIEN (GER)
We left the C2 men category on Friday chocked by the surprising withdrawal of the absolute favorite and local stars, Pavel and Peter HOCHSCHORNER (SVK). The five time World Champions and three time Olympic Champions were thus not here to please the crowd of the Water Sports Centre Cunovo (Bratislava, Slovakia) and solace their Olympic disappointment with a win here but the spectators nevertheless enjoyed a high level final. The Polish pair SZCZEPANSKI⁄POCHWALA took the lead in this Final but the Germans ANTON⁄BENZIEN, despite a 2 second penalty, excelled at almost every difficulty of this course and eventually won the race with authority, finishing only 0.81 second before the Polish.
Pierre LABARELLE ⁄ Nicolas PESCHIER (FRA) Pierre LABARELLE and Nicolas PESCHIER finished third in Bratislava. They offered to France its second victory in the 2012 Overall World Cup after Etienne DAILLE yesterday in the K1 Men category. "Today was very tough. The course is very technical, very demanding, especially in the last part.
That?s where we lost the Gold medal today in fact. But our goal was to qualify to the Final to get enough points to win the overall World Cup and we did, so we can be happy: we got three gold medals and a podium this year.
The disappointment of not participating to the Olympic Games is still vivid, but for us this result is promising for the next four years."
In K1 Women, the local hero Jan DUKATOVA tore the course apart and left no chance to her opponents, one week after her victory in Prague?s World Cup.
These two gold medals certainly leave her with some mixed feeling about her season and wondering what could have happened if she had shown the same face in London Olympics. "I had a very tough start of the season, she said. I felt sick; I never had a chance to do some proper training and to gain the necessary confidence that helps you take bold moves when you need it in a race. It was important for me to do well in the last two World Cup because I felt sorry not to have won a medal in London a month ago."
By finishing third in Bratislava, Ursa KRAGELZ (SLO) thus becomes the 2012 Overall World Cup winner: "It did not go as smoothly as I planned today but I still got the bronze medal and I am the winner of the 2012 World Cup so it is very satisfying. It was important for me because I did not qualify for the Olympic Games in London after very bad European Championships."
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Shotlist: LOG SHEET NEWS (will be run twice) :
00:00 00:13 Beauty Shots Bratislava City and Surroundings
00:13 00:22 General Views Cunovo Channel and Competition Venue
00:22 01:21 K1 MEN Final Winner - Run of Jure MEGLIC (SLO - Bib N°15) in 105''82
01:21 02:06 C2 MEN Final Winner - Run of Franz ANTON & Jan BENZIEN (GER - Bib N°10) in 123''21
02:06 02:53 K1 WOMEN Final - Run of Jana DUKATOVA (SVK - Bib n°1) in 120''99
02:53 END OF NEWS ITEM
LOG SHEET B-ROLL :
00:00 00:16 Beauty Shots Bratislava City and Surroundings
00:16 00:38 General views Cunovo Channel
00:38 01:33 C1 MEN Final - 1st Place and World Cup Winner - Run of Alexander SLAFKOVSKY (SVK - Bib N°4) - in 111''88
01:33 02:47 C1 WOMEN Final - Run of Rosalyn LAWRENCE (AUS - Bib N°1) - 2nd place in 147''23 (+03''17)
02:47 04:21 K1 MEN Final - Run of Etienne DAILLE (FRA - Bib N°1) - 3rd place in 106''06 (+00''24)
04:21 05:19 ITV K1 Women - Run of Katerina KUDEJOVA (CZE - Bib N°6) - 2nd Place in (+03''61)
05:19 05:58 ITV K1 Men - WORLD CUP Winner - Etienne DAILLE (FRA - in French, natural language)
"This race surely was not the best of the year. I think I did the best last week in Prague. The course was hard but I still managed to get on the podium. This is stilla greast satisfaction to have been able to be on 5 podiums over the 5 Wold cup stages of the year."
"My performance at the Olympic games, I still am very disappointed about it.
But I managed to get over this deception with this extraordinary improvement of my results in the Wolrd Cup this year. I finish this season with winning the World Cup rankings, and I will soon be Number one in the World Rank as well, this is really fantastic."
05:58 06:31 ITV K1 Women - WORLD CUP Winner - Rosalyn Lawrence (AUS - in English, natural language)
"Yes, it was a lot of fun. It is always great to paddle ion Bratislava, I really like it !!! It was a tuff racing against Katarina, the local girl from Slovakia, and I am very happy for her to win, she is really a great paddler and she had a good run. The C1 Women are improving every time I race against them, so it is getting tougher and tougher.
I had a few ups and downs, but I guess the main thing was that Australia supported me to come to every World Cups, and that made a very big difference. I just heard that lots of other countries will let their C1 women race in all the World Cups next year !"
06:31 07:05 ITV C2 Men - WORLD CUP Winner - ITV of Pierre LABARELLE & Nicolas PESCHIER (FRA, in French, natural language)
"It was a bit difficult, it was a hard venue. Especially on the bottom of the course, with a trick and 3 doors that were really hard to passne. There was not a lot of depth, it is not the most pleasant section of the race.
During an Olympic season it is hard to not think about the Games, unfortunately we missed it on the French selections. Till then, the World Cup were a bit secondary, but finally, we did all them great as we managed to win 3 races plus a podium at the finals... we can hardly expect to do better that that !!! It is really a season that ends up in a very nice way."
07:05 07:44 ITV C1 Women - WORLD CUP Winner - ITV of Ursa KRAGELJ (SLO - in English)
"It was a tough race. I did nopt really stick to my plan. I thought I would have a smoother run but at the end, even if I struggled, I managed to get third, and I am very very happy.
I am very happy that I managed to be in almost every final of these World Cups, four times out of Five, I just missed Cardiff. I am very happy, like every athletes would be happy for the hard training that paid off. That worked for me this year !"
07:44 : END OF B-ROLL
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Tx_Time: 14:30 - 14:45 Tx_Date: 02-SEP-2012 Status: TRS
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