08/02/2021 12:48 AM
Updated 08/02/2021 12:48 AM
Best impossible debut for Agustín Vernice at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In the Sea Forest Channel, the native of Olavarría
finished second in his qualifying series of the K1 1000
with a time of 3m40s430 and
got directly into the semifinals
of the event .
Vernice, 26, had an impressive career.
He started strong and passed the 250-meter mark first.
Later he was surpassed by the Hungarian
, current world champion in this event and winner of the series, but kept a good pace and managed to cross the finish line just 1s346 after the European.
Thus, the Argentine avoided having to run the quarterfinals and entered the semis, which will be played this Monday from 22 in our country.
Hungarian Balint Kopasz followed by Vernice in the K1 1000 qualifying series. AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth
The Buenos Aires, Sub 23 world champion in Pitesti (Romania) in 2017, is playing his first Olympic Games.
They qualified for Tokyo by finishing ninth at the 2019 World Cup in Szeged
, Hungary, shortly after two Pan-American golds were hanged in Lima in the K1 1000 and K2 1000, along with
"For me, the Olympic Games from a very young age are the most important sporting event, so it is a very big commitment in which I want to be up to the task. For that reason, I try my best every day. Whatever the result, I think at the time of returning home and sharing it with my loved ones and enjoying them, "he had commented to Clarín hours before his debut.
In that talk, he also recalled how the coronavirus pandemic affected his preparation for the Japanese event and forced him to change the place of concentration of the rafting team for his family home in Olavarría, where a mini gym was set up in one room.
Vernice, double Pan American gold in Lima 2019, is playing his first Olympic Games.
Photo Luis ACOSTA / AFP
"If I think about it, the fact of being away and losing continuity in international competitions could have hurt me. But I worked very hard and trained very well, I had good training company when we returned with the national team. I have not thought about it too much. because I prefer to compete first and see how everything turns out, and then do an analysis, "he had commented.
Judging by his debut, that different preparation and the little competition in 2020 does not seem to have complicated it too much.
Will he make it to the final?
The other Argentine paddler who saw action on Sunday night in our country was
, who was left out of the K1 200 semifinals. The 25-year-old sanpedrina debuted with a sixth place in her qualifying series and later , was in the same position in their quarter heat, which classified the first two to the next instance.
On Tuesday night, Argentina will perform at the K2 500.