At the Canoe World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain, 19-year-old Andrea Herzog won the Canadier One Gold Medal. It was the only medal of the German canoeists in these competitions. Already with the entry into the final, she had secured the qualification for the Olympic Games in the coming years.
With a lead of 0.94 seconds, Herzog won in the last race of the World Cup in front of four-time World Champion and defending champion Jessica Fox of Australia. "I thought in between, I'm not so fast, because there were a few small mistakes," Herzog said.
World Champion in Canadier-One Andrea Herzog cheering on the finish line. Thus, the 19-year-old is paddling a medal for Germany in Spain. CONGRATULATIONS !!! pic.twitter.com/Canzt32vBR- Canoe-Slalom Team GER (@kanuslalom) September 29, 2019
After two pole touches in the semifinals, the Junior World Champion of 2015 made only minor mistakes in the final. "I'm so happy, we did not even think that much, I can not believe it can go that far, we're completely satisfied," said coach Felix Michel. "It was always missing the last ounce and now she finally pulled it down." Elena Apel from Augsburg and Jasmin Schornberg from Hamm missed with the places 13 and 18 the final.
Previously, with Franz Anton in Canadier-one and Hannes Aigner in kayak one, the world champions from last year had failed in the semifinals. The World Cup third Sideris Tasiadis buried his medal chances with the Canadier even in the repechage. Now the Canadians have to use their last Olympic opportunity at the European Championship 2020.
And also Ricarda Funk - European champion from the previous year - missed in the kayak final as World Cup fifth a medal. After all, she got the Olympic ticket. "We came here with great expectations, unfortunately we only won three out of four Olympic quota places and, unfortunately, only one of two targeted medals," said DKV President Thomas Konietzko.