World champion kayak Fernando Pimenta, Teresa Portela on K1 200 and Marco Apura / Bruno Afonso on C2 1000 will be looking to qualify for the World Cup final today, where they can fight for a place in Tokyo2020.
Pimenta and Portela must qualify for the top five of the final to secure their presence at the Olympic Games, but before that they have to secure a place in the medal race reserved for the three strongest in each semifinal.
Hungarian Balint Kopasz, who, by very narrow margins, ‘stole’ his gold at K1 1000 and 5000 at the II European Games in Minsk in June, is in Fernando Pimenta’s series, while New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington, two-time Olympic champion and world champion, will be rival of Teresa Portela.
The young Bruno Afonso and Marco Apura have a more complicated mission in the series that includes Brazil and Ukraine, silver and bronze medals at the Rio2016 Games, as well as Hungary and Cuba, fourth and sixth, respectively – the C2 1000 qualifies the top eight boats. strong for Japan.
Specialist in the 200 meters, Helder Silva will compete for the first time in the last decade – internationally – at 1000 meters, the new Olympic distance for canoes.
In the Paracanoe, Norberto Mourão will receive today the silver medal won Thursday in VL2 and that earns him a place at the Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games.
Portugal selection program for today (Lisbon time):
09:40 C1 1000 Helder Silva.
15:23 K1 200 Teresa Portela.
16:39 C2 1000 Marco Apura/Bruno Afonso.
17:14 K1 1000 Fernando Pimenta.