The International Canoe Federation has today announced the first round of boat quota places confirmed for Canoe Sprint at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following the first selection event at the World Championships last week.
Today it was confirmed that Great Britain has secured a spot in the Men’s K1 200m after Liam Heath’s gold medal performance in Szeged.
Liam’s extraordinary performance, having been unbeaten in the 2019 season, means he has earned the right to be nominated to the BOA for individual qualification in the K1 200m event.
The Women’s K4 500m crew and K1 500m narrowly missed the quota places by just one place. Unfortunately with all quota places filled for the women’s K4 500m event, the team will now focus their efforts on maximising its strategies for the second round of qualifications next year.
British Canoeing Performance Director, Paul Ratcliffe, said: “We are obviously very disappointed not qualifying more Olympic quota places at the world championships.
“The athletes and staff have put in a huge amount of effort throughout the whole season with an aim to qualify in Szeged.
Together with the coaches, support staff and athletes, we will now take time to reflect and refresh before working together and refocussing all our efforts on the next phase of qualification to get as many athletes as possible qualified at the next two rounds.– British Canoeing Performance Director, Paul Ratcliffe
The next round of qualification for Olympic boat quotas for the Canoe Sprint events will be at the 2020 European Canoe Sprint Qualifier which will be held from 6-7 May next year in Račice, Czech Republic.
Any remaining places after the European Qualifier will be confirmed at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 in Duisburg from 23-25th May 2020.
For the full ICF article, please click here: https://www.canoeicf.com/noticies/first-round-olympic-canoe-sprint-quotas-allocated