Martina Wegman and Lena Teunissen ready for the Canoe Slalom World Championships

The World Regatta Championships will take place in Augsburg, Germany, from July 26-31. From the Netherlands, Martina Wijmann and Lena Teunissen will appear at the start. Wegmann narrowly missed the European Championship podium in Slovakia in May this year as he finished fourth. It was a historic Dutch canoeing medal. So her goal in the World Cup is at least one last place with full focus on the podium.

Since the beginning of this year, Wegman and Teunissen share the same Spanish coach Telmo Olazabal. Olazabal has been Wegman’s coach/coach for some time, since 2019. Under his guidance, the New Zealand resident achieved seventh place in the Olympics. Great achievement.

Both Dutch boat captains trained a lot together in pre-season, including in Dubai. In addition, the team has been expanded with a fitness trainer and physicist from NOC * NSF. †This has ensured that we have a wider base with a good training plan. Both women are fit and strong and that gives a lot of confidence this seasonOlzabal said.

Lena Teunissen:The start of the season was not that easy due to the injury and the virus. Now I’m finally back on the right track. At the last World Cup in Slovenia, I felt good about my journey to the semi-finals. Unfortunately I got stuck there. But I can go to the World Cup in Augsburg at the end of this month feeling satisfied. I know the track very well because I live in Augsburg and train there. This gives me a lot of confidence.

Martin Wegmann quickly withdrew from the World Cup in Slovenia. †It was due to the fact that we focused on the World Cup and trained a lot for it. And that caused the World Cup stress which led to a lower result.”

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Teunissen is sailing not only in K1, but also in C1 and the new Olympic discipline Extreme Canoe Slalom. Wegman starts in K1 and Extreme Canoe Slalom. In September last year she won the World Cup in Pau, Spain in this discipline.

In the Extreme Canoe Slalom event, four athletes race at the same time in identical plastic boats. Athletes must cross buoys downstream and upriver, allowing contact. I read here More about extreme canoe slalom.

It really is an amazing new discipline in the sport. You are sailing four boats at the same time and communication is allowed. This requires a completely different strategy than that of slalom. Difficult to predict. That’s why results vary so muchOlzabal said.

The participants in the World Championships in Canoe Slalom are primarily German participants. They sail on their own waters and this always brings benefits. In addition, Australian Jessica Fox, winner of the gold medal in Tokyo 2021, is a strong opponent.

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