Havana, September 16 (ACN) Cubans Sergi Torres and Fernando Diane Jorge, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic champion, is competing today in the two-seater (C-2) canoe, a thousand meters from World Boating Championships in CopenhagenDenmark, the competition that will conclude next Sunday.
According to the International Federation website: www.canoeicf.com, the Cuban duo, multiple medalists in world cups and competitions, will be in lane five of the first qualifiers along with four other pairs, Uganda, for second, Spain (3), China (6) and Canada (7).
The task looks easy, as the top three of each test advance straight to the rowing final, a stage they must reach to defend their Olympic best time (3:24.995 minutes), with one they won in the Japanese capital.
Those times top the world’s best (3:40.55 minutes), held by a Chinese duo, and the world’s best (3:25.091 minutes), back to a pair from Germany.
Torres and Jorge will also be seeking to clear the way to the podium in the 500 metres, the distance to be called the Paris 2024 Games, which will start in qualifying on Friday.
The purpose of the duo from the largest of the Antilles is great, as they want to get the gold medal that they lack in their silver loot and tan on the planet.
Jorge will have more excitement on the water track, as he will also line up in the C-1 at five thousand metres, on Sunday.
Cuba also participates in the World Cup with the other three canoeers who took part in the Japanese multi-sport event, Jose Ramon Belair, Yarislides Cirillo and Catherine Nuevo.
Belair will compete in the C-1 at 1,000 metres, on Thursday, and the 500m (Friday), while Cirillo will compete several times, in the C-2 at 500 with Nuevo (Thursday) and 200 (Friday), and in the C-1 fast 200 (Friday) and five thousand meters (Sunday).
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