The second day of the Canoe-Kayak and Paracanoe World Championships taking place in Nova Scotia, Canada, brought nothing but happiness to the Biobío representatives. This after the athletes of the region were located in the first places of their specialties.
The highlight was provided by paracanoeist Robinson Méndez, who won bronze in the VL1 200m category, after stopping the clock in 1:14.74. Gold went to Australian Benjamin Sainsbury (1′:10”.25) and silver to Italian Alesio Beddin (1′:12”.54).
A particular triumph, which went beyond the sport, as commented by the paddler from the development pole of San Pedro de la Paz. “The competition was super good, tough rivals but the goal of lowering my mark and getting on the podium was achieved. It means a lot to me because at the time of racing my dad was in the operating room for undergo surgery for cancer. So I had no news from Chile and I went rowing with this uncertainty. I thought I was going to give everything for him and that was what God wanted,” he said. -he says.
“Fortunately I got a podium and my dad’s operation also went well, he’s already in intensive care, so happy for everything. It’s for my family and for my dad, no doubt” , added the exhibitor who will compete in the 200 meters KL1 this Friday.
Two endings, two numbers
The other good news in paracanoe came from Chilean multi-champion Katherinne Wollermann, who reached the final of the KL1 200 meters after placing second in her heat with 56.10, the second best score in all qualifications. She was only surpassed by Germany’s Edina Mueller (55.94). Third, Canadian Brianna Hennessy (57.16).
“The competition was good, I made the most of it, I went out last because it was a heat and we had to secure the final. The definition will take place on Saturday so we will prepare to give our best , as we always do for the country,” Katy said after the race.
In the conventional modality, María José Mailliard qualified for the final of the 500 meters C1, after finishing third in her heat in 2′:21”.28. She also made it to the C1 200m semi-finals, finishing fourth with 46:97. Today he will go to the final.
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