A bleak day for the Blues at the opening of the first World Cup of the season, on Friday in Račes (Czech Republic). “Not one boat in Final A could be satisfactory. We were hoping to see more.” Francois summarizes during. The Deputy Director of Performance doesn’t blame the wind that didn’t stop spinning all day, these details justify the differences in lap times. On the other hand, we see that the event is incredibly dense, with the participation of fifty countries. “Athletes want it, they are more interested in what they have to do,” Adds enemy chief.
“We’ve had some great races, and that’s a great base”
Thus, the only real relief came from the men’s K4 500m, made up of Guillaume Burger, Maxime Beaumont, Quilian Koch and Guillaume Le Floch Decorchemont. Third in their series, the crew also placed third in the semi-finals, but with a fourth time of the qualifiers. “We are very happy with this achievement. We had some great races, not 100% yet, but that gives us a great base,” Promises veteran Maxime Beaumont. In the end, the quad will be out of the way, exiled to the first line, but with a good reference point with Germany on their side. By the way, this performance of the day already qualifies K4 for the European Championships, but he will have to get another spot in the final to check his place at Worlds in Halifax (Canada, August 3-7).
“Paths to improve things”
“K4 women level up between the series and a half, but are out for 3 tenths of a second (Fourth in 0 “34 of the first three)” laments François During, who nonetheless judges the performances of Vanina Paoletti, Manon Hostens, Margaux Briswalter and Léa Jamelot “Somewhat encouraging.”
The relative disappointment is undoubtedly attributable to the C2 500m men of duo Loic Bernard and Adrien Bart, 7 at the last worlds in 2021 but only 7th yesterday in the semi-finals and thus limited to the B final. “They need races”, Guess Francois during. A bit like Cyril Carré, he finished fifth in his half and also took part in the B final of the K1 1000m. As for the C2500m by Axelle Renard and Eugenie Dorange (sixth in half), it is starting to build and lacks experience but also has plenty of room for improvement. This is also one of the first lessons raised by François during: “If we are going into the unknown, we already have some answers, but above all ways to make things better.”