Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Results of the Winter Championship of Castilla y León (Spain)

Frenzy weekend of races in Spain, previous to the Spanish 5.000 metres Championship to be held in Seville next March 18th. Near Zamora it was the turn last Sunday for the championship of Castilla y León, with tough weather conditions in a cold windy morning. The absolute winner was Jorge Alonso, who beated in the final sprint his partner in K2 for many years Santiago Guerrero and Carlos del Teso, who took bronze. The other main favourite, Emilio Merchán, has a disgraceful start that finished in a swim, taking away all his chances for the race.

Photo: El Norte de Castilla
Concerning the ladies, the U23 showed their magnificent moment by taken the first four positions and leaving the Senior category gold, taken by María Soria, in fifth. The U23 podium was decided in a very closed sprint finish and was, in this order, for Laura Pedruelo (gold), Eva Barrios (silver) and Sheila Sáez (bronze), leaving out of the picture Ainara Portela, just 7 seconds behind. The silver and bronze in the Senior ladies were finally for Nuria Villacé and Raquel Carbajo.

At the C1 there was also an U23 paddler dominating the race, Javier Bernal, who got a comfortable advantge on second (and first absolute senior) José Ramón Luelmo. The senior podium was completed by Óscar Santos and Héctor Rebollo, while in the U23 Javier Ramos and Héctor Cabañas scorted the winner.

It's remarkable that there were three girls competing the C1 ladies race in a very difficult day for canoeists, showing their determination and love for this category: María Calvo (U18) and Mariyana Nikolova and Irene Alonso (U16), all paddling for Club Pisuerga de Valladolid. Thumbs up from Élite Kayak for them in this rather new discipline for women.

The Club Finals Standings were for Iberdrola Caja España Duero Zamora, followed by Palentino de Piragüismo and Pisuerga de Valladolid.

You can check the full results at this link.

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