Germany’s Zola Lewandowski and Slovenia’s Lan Tominc secured the final titles on offer on the last day of competition at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games trials in Barcelona.
In strong winds but under clear skies, Lewandowski defeated Iran’s Nirvana Asadbeki in the girls’ C1 slalom obstacle race, while Tominc outlasted Czech Jakub Krejčí to win the boys’ K1 slalom title in an event where the winners qualified for Buenos Aires 2018.
Today’s times were combined with the sprints on Friday (April 13) on the Canal Olimpic de Catalunya course that hosted the canoe sprint events at the 1992 Olympics Game.to give final overall standings .
Lewandowski, 15, who started her paddling career as a kayak sprint athlete before turning to canoe slalom "because she was bored", finished 27th in the sprint on Friday.
"I feel very good, but it’s still only sinking in," Lewandowski said after finishing in 1:29.51 on the day.
"It all feels a bit surreal, to be honest.
"I actually prefer the windy conditions, I like it when you are driving against it."
A time of 1:37.35 gave Iran’s Nirvana Asadbeki second place, with Slovakia’s Emanuela Luknárová third after her final timing of 1:30.51.
Lewandowski is now in the box seat to emulate the feats of her canoe slalom hero, Australia’s Jessica Fox, winner of the gold medal at the very first Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.
"I know it’s cliche to say that, but she’s honestly an amazing athlete," Lewandowski said.
"She’s very nice, and she’s had a lot of success.
"Maybe I can do the same thing, we will wait and see."
Tominc, also 15, produced a powerful performance in the final, pulling away from the highly-rated Czech in the closing stages to earn the top spot in 1:07.12 having finished 38th in the earlier sprint.
Krejčí clocked 1:11.23 in second place, while 1:10.42 earned France’s Tom Bouchardon third place.