Canoeist Felix Ochmautz evolves into a man for big occasions. At the Tokyo Olympics last year, he finished fourth in the whitewater canal and narrowly missed a medal. At the European Championships in Slovakia in May, he took bronze in the individual kayak. This was followed by a silver medal at the World U-23 Championships in Italy in early July in an intense slalom. On Wednesday in Augsburg heading to win the World Cup medal.
It’s the announced highlight of the season. Not just for Oskmautz and the Austrian team, but for the entire rowing elite. Two years before the Summer Olympics kick off in Paris, it’s not just about qualifying for it yet, it’s about an important place – and of course about medals. However, Oschmautz did not specify this as his official goal.
So far it has done a good job with this approach. “So I wouldn’t change anything,” the 23-year-old said. “I can handle expectations very well and will make the most of them. It depends on the mentality.” This was also the case at the World Cup finals, but success was not always there. “I wasn’t happy with the results at all and 11th place in Prague was a pity. But in terms of driving, it wasn’t too bad,” Ochmautz put it into perspective.
Red-white-red team has chances
Young Paul Prissell and Mario Leitner complete the men’s World Cup squad in red, white and red. “Mario has developed really well,” ÖKV technical director Helmut Oplinger praised in an interview. Prior to Oschmautz, Leitner won the European Championship silver medal in extreme slalom, the new Olympic discipline. Carinthian finished the World Cup finals in Prague, Krakow and Ljubljana consistently with number one finalists.
Corina Connell confirmed that Oblinger has caught up with her again. Having lost the Olympic ticket to Japan, Kuhnle’s main long-term goal was to participate in the 2024 Summer Games, and her third Olympic appearance. The inner opponent for the kayak ticket, Victoria Wolfhart must have been the 11th Olympian of last year. “Vicky is a little bit late at the moment,” Oblinger said of Wolfhardt, who is also competing in the canoe.
However, the coach sees his team led by Auschmautz with a good chance of getting top positions. “The many competitions this season have shown that the international level of performance is very high. But our canoes have what it takes to position themselves among the leaders in the World Championships.” This is on a course that was temporarily closed last week due to a lack of water, but is now ready for the World Championships.
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