Men's K1 Olympic champion Joseph Clarke of Great Britain is among those set to compete at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague ©ICF

All but two of the Rio 2016 medallists are due to line up at the new Olympic cycle’s first International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Cup, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow on the famous Troja venue in Prague.

The gold, silver and bronze medallists from the men’s K1 event - Great Britain’s Joseph Clarke, Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer and Czech Republic’s Jiří Prskavec - and the women’s equivalent - Spain’s Maialen Chourraut, New Zealand’s Luuka Jones and Australia’s Jessica Fox - will all be competing.

They will be joined by the gold and bronze medallists from the men’s C2 - Slovakia’s Ladislav Škantár and Peter Škantár and France’s Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Péché - and the second and third-place finishers from the men’s C1 - Slovakia’s Matej Beňuš and Japan’s Takuya Haneda.

There will also be a number of world champions on show, including local favourite Katerina Kudesova, who admits she’s been struggling for motivation in recent weeks.

"I'm feeling quite tired," she said.

"I had a great winter part of training.

"I had been in Emirates and also in Australia.

"But then we come back to the Czech Republic and had to start the horrible part of training, in cold weather.

"I was really very much motivated after the Olympic Games (where she finished 10th) to try hard to get at another Games, but now I'm not so much motivated."

Spain's Maialen Chourraut is also in line for action in the Czech capital ©Getty Images
Spain's Maialen Chourraut is also in line for action in the Czech capital ©Getty Images

Another local athlete looking to make an impression is K1 paddler, Vit Prindis, who just missed out on Olympic qualification with the very competitive Czech team last year.

"In Czech Republic there are four or five paddlers who can win a medal at the world races," Prindis said.

"But to be able to race with them at the basic levels like every training session, and to compete in our domestic races, is very helpful.

"I still feel I am continually improving my paddling and I really want to win a World Championship medal."

There is expected to be increased interest in the women’s C1, which will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

Several women’s K1 athletes have already added the new Olympic discipline to their programme.

"There's a sense of purpose amongst the C1 women I've seen on the water," Australian paddler Rosalyn Lawrence said.

"There are plenty of fresh faces I haven't met amongst my favourites from past years, and I can't wait to get in the mix and enjoy the challenges of racing."

Action in Prague is set to conclude on Sunday (June 18).