After the first Italian national trial facing the preolympic race at Poznan next May, who took part at the Idroscalo Dam in Milano, the favourite Maximilian Benassi got the place at the K1 1.000 to defend Italy's options for the Olympics, to be determined in just three weeks.
The bronze medalist over 5.000 metres at the last World Championships in Szeged 2011 didn't give any chance to his rivals, despite the injury he was suffering since the winter stage of the Italian Team in Australia, which ended in a right arm inflammation. It took four weeks of intensive phisiotherapy to reduce it, but finally suceeded and the paddler of the Círcolo Aniene claimed victory over the other three contestants, who were Alberto Richetti, Nicola
Ripamonti and Mattia Colombi.
On the same milanese course, the second trial will be held next May 5th and 6th, to finish completing the Italian Team to try to get the Olympic berths at Poznan.